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Anthony Joshua's next two fights set for Wembley Stadium

HEAVYWEIGHT: Anthony Joshua will be returning to his hometown for his next two fights

ANTHONY JOSHUA has committed to two fights to be staged at Wembley Stadium, including one later this year.

Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO crowns at the national stadium in the London on September 22 and will return to Wembley Stadium on April 13 2019 for his 23rd pro fight.

“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 career opportunity, so to be given the chance to fight there again is amazing. Wembley just added a fourth lion to the den.”

The heavyweight king has already set a post-war attendance record at the stadium when 90,000 fans filled the venue to watch Joshua stop Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round of their stunning battle last April.

James Taylor, senior commercial manager at Wembley Stadium, said: “Wembley Stadium is home to the biggest and best sporting events and it is fitting that one of the world’s leading sports stars returns to fight under its iconic arch.

“AJ’s last appearance at the national stadium was a record-breaking event which will be remembered as one of the highlights in the venue’s history. We look forward to welcoming Anthony and his thousands of fans back to Wembley for two huge fights in September and April.”

The 28-year-old has also filled Principality Stadium in Cardiff twice, defending his belts against Carlos Takam in October before unifying the division by taking Joseph Parker’s WBO belt in March. The two events in the Welsh capital pulling in over 150,000 fans.

With two more sell-outs at Wembley Stadium expected, Joshua will have sold in excess of 400,000 tickets over five huge World title fights, and the fan favourite is thrilled to be back under the arch for his next two blockbuster nights.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “I’m extremely honoured to get the opportunity to promote two more shows at the national stadium and delighted for British fight fans that Anthony has made this commitment to them.

“I don’t think anyone will either forget that night of April 29 against Klitschko and we plan to bring two more dramatic events to Wembley Stadium in September and April. Images from these AJ events make our country the envy of the boxing world and long may it continue.”

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