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While the unification showdown with Deontay Wilder is the most lucrative proposition, Anthony Joshua has two other options in regards to his next fight, according to Matchroom chairman Barry Hearn.
A bout with Wilder, whether on these shores or on the WBC champion's home turf in the United States, is the heavyweight clash fans have been clamouring for.
But there is also the possibility of the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion fighting Jarrell Miller in New York prior to Wilder, while a huge slugfest with mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin at Old Trafford could be on the cards.
Barry Hearn revealed they have a meeting with Anthony Joshua on Tuesday afternoon and he has three options for his next fight: [@Betfred]- Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) May 7, 2018
:one: Deontay Wilder, two-fight deal :flag_gb::flag_us:
:two: Jarrell Miller, New York :flag_us:
:three: Alexander Povetkin, Wembley or Old Trafford :flag_gb:
Manchester United's stadium hasn't staged a boxing fight for 25 years - the last encounter being the the second fight between Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn in front of over 42,000 fans in 1993.
Joshua has experienced sold-out main events at Wembley Stadium and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff but a headline fight at the 'Theatre of Dreams' would be next level.
"We are meeting on Tuesday afternoon," Hearn said speaking to BetFred TV.
Three options- Betfred (@Betfred) May 7, 2018
:stadium:️ A potential bout at Old Trafford
:flag_us: Fighting in America
:speaking_head: We spoke to Barry Hearn of @MatchroomBoxing to get the latest on Anthony Joshua and his next fight... #Boxing pic.twitter.com/wk4X7GE2Gr
"There are three main dishes on the menu. Fight Deontay Wilder either home or away, face Jarrell Miller in New York to spread gospel in America before we fight Wilder, or do we honour our mandatory and fight Povetkin, with it being at Wembley or maybe at Manchester United. It is a possibility.
"I can't tell you what is most likely because it is Anthony Joshua's decisions. I would like to go to New York and fight Miller because at the moment the pay-per-view buys are set at a certain level for Deontay Wilder."
Povetkin, whose only career defeat came against Wladimir Klitschko in 2013, was on the Joshua-Parker undercard in April and knocked out David Price to become Joshua's No.1 contender for his WBA and WBO titles.
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(h/t Manchester Evening News)
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