Britain’s World Heavyweight Champion receives ultimatum to agree a fight

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Britain’s world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been given a 24-hour deadline to agree a fight with Russia’s Alexander Povetkin or risk being stripped of one of his titles.

WBA president Gilberto Mendoza, in a statement said the WBA requested an answer from Anthony Joshua’s team regarding his fight with the mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.

The WBA had allowed over a month extension to negotiations with Povetkin and also ongoing discussions with Deontay Wilder.

Joshua, 28, won his first world title in 2016 and has made five defences, taking his record to 21-0 with 20 knockouts.

In another development, UEFA’s executive committee has ended an alcohol ban in stadiums on Champions League and Europa League matchdays

By this development, alcoholic beverages can be sold in countries where local regulations allow their sale at sporting venues, such as Germany, although notably not England and France.

Ronan Evain, CEO of Football Supporters Europe, a group bringing together fans from some 40 countries, welcomed the move.

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