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Anthony Joshua’s next two fights will be at Wembley Stadium

The double bill will take the British boxer’s ticket sales past the 400,000 mark

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British boxing star Anthony Joshua will have his next two fights at Wembley Stadium - the scene of his stunning victory against Wladimir Klitschko last April.

According to a statement released by his promoters Matchroom Boxing, the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion will defend his world titles at the English national stadium on 22 September and 13 April 2019. 

Sky Sports reports that the opponents for the two Wembley dates are yet to be decided. But the September fight will be against either WBC champion Deontay Wilder or WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. 

Joshua returns to Wembley after twice fighting at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, in bouts against Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker. His previous Wembley appearance against Klitschko was a 90,000 sell-out and the next two bouts will see attendances of between 90,000 and 100,000 each time.

Including the total 150,000 who watched in Cardiff, the Wembley double bill will take Joshua’s ticket sales past the 400,000 mark for five world title fights.

“I am returning to Wembley after two mega fights in Cardiff,” said Joshua. “I want to thank the supporters from Wales and Great Britain and also the people of London for patiently awaiting my return.

“Being north London born and raised it is in my blood. The opportunity to fight in such an iconic stadium is normally a once in a career opportunity, so to be given the chance to fight there again is amazing.

“Wembley just added a fourth lion to the den.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted that an announcement for the September opponent will be made next week.

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