It wouldn’t be the first fight between fallen opponents of Anthony Joshua, but Alexander Povetkin is reported to be seeking a contest with Dillian Whyte. 

Boxing News 24 claim that the Russian is eager to step into the ring with Matchroom Sport’s number two, in what would be a repeat of Joseph Parker’s excursions to the UK this year. 

The New Zealander lost to both Joshua and Whyte in 2018, impressively going the distance with both fighters. 

Povetkin faced off against ‘AJ’ in September, and did trouble the Watford-native before having his head punched into the next postcode in the seventh. 

Both Povetkin and Whyte stand out as fighters born in the wrong age. 

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The Jamaican-born Whyte has just the one loss on his record, memorably at the hands of Joshua in 2015. 

Povetkin, meanwhile, has taken defeats now to both Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. Would a bout between these two be considered a match-up to decide the ‘best of the rest’? 

With Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury expected to meet once again in the first-half of 2019, Joshua’s April 13 date at Wembley Stadium looks increasingly likely to involve Dillian Whyte. 

The ‘Body Snatcher’ has worked his way back up the ladder in the heavyweight division, and believes he has earned the right for another shot at the old enemy – Anthony Joshua. 

Subsequently, the veteran Povetkin may be barking up the wrong tree.