ANTHONY JOSHUA has revealed he turned down a £40m fight with Deontay Wilder in the summer due to a contract dispute.
There were talks of a bout between the two heavyweights on the date of the Povetkin fight at Wembley in September.
Joshua would have had the chance to become the undisputed heavyweight champion for the first time since Lennox Lewis in 1990.
However, complications in negotiations between the parties meant the fight was never as simple as it appeared.
Speaking to iFL TV, Joshua said, “It’s the first time I’ve ever really had issues on the financial side with a fighter.
It now looks as though AJ is seemingly headed for a mouthwatering fight with the Bronze Bomber next year.
SunSport reported the Watford boxer challenged Wilder to “prove he is the best” on Sunday.
Meanwhile Jarrell Miller has claimed he could beat the Brit – targeting a heavyweight bout with either Wilder or Joshua.