The Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker heavyweight unification fight isn’t the only big heavyweight fight taking place on March 31.
It was announced by promoter Eddie Hearn that Alexander Povetkin, the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s WBA heavyweight title and Parker’s WBO heavyweight title, will fight David Price in the co-main event of the card. For Povetkin vs. Price, the WBA Intercontinental and wBO International heavyweight titles will be on the line.
Povetkin, whose career has been marred due to failed drug tests, has bounced back nicely since his suspension ended. Povetkin has won his two fights in 2017, including a big unanimous decision win over Christian Hammer in December to become the WBA's mandatory challenger to the "super" heavyweight title.
On the flip side, Price has recovered from his February 2017 TKO loss to Hammer and defeated Kamil Sokolowski by PTS on December 12, 2017. Price, a former Commonwealth and BBBofC heavyweight champion, has won three of his last five fights.
Joshua vs. Parker, set to headline the March 31 card in Cardiff, Wales, the site of Joshua's last fight, will seek to unify the WBA "super," IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles. No other fight has been announced for the undercard, taking place at Principality Stadium, which looks to at least match the Welsh boxing attendance record set in Joshua's last fight against Carlos Takam.