London - Britain's heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua says
Wembley just added a "fourth lion to the den" as he committed to
staging his next two bouts at the historic stadium.
Wembley is the historic home to the England football team
whose nom de guerre is "The Three Lions".
The 28-year-old 2012 Olympic champion - whose epic 11th
round knockout of Ukrainian great Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017 drew a post
war attendance record at Wembley of 90 000 - has fights planned for Wembley on
September 22 this year and April 13 next year.
Joshua - who holds the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts - has
since filled Principality Stadium in Cardiff twice.
"I am returning to Wembley after two mega fights in
Cardiff," Joshua said in a statement. "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 career opportunity, so to be given the chance to fight there
again is amazing.
"Wembley just added a fourth lion to the den."
Joshua returns to the capital after the sell-out bouts in
Cardiff where he defended his belts against Carlos Takam last October, then
took New Zealander Joseph Parker's WBO belt in March - with the two events
attracting over 150 000 fans.
Joshua's likely opponent for the first bout back at Wembley is
Russia's Alexander Povetkin.
Since he beat Parker, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has been
trying to set up a unification bout with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay
Wilder, but has not yet managed to do a deal with the American's camp.
The WBA lost patience over the matter in late June and
Joshua was told to defend his title against Povetkin, who is the mandatory
challenger, although that is yet to be agreed upon either.