The news that many boxing fans dreaded has now been made official. Following an alleged positive drug test for Russian Alexander Povetkin ahead of what was expected to be next weekend's WBC heavyweight title showdown with champion Deontay Wilder, the governing body sanctioning the fight (the WBC) have called off the bout for the time being: The WBC is confirming…
Deontay Wilder Alexander Povetkin Fight Could Be In The Summer
WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has entered into negotiations with his dangerous mandatory challenger – Alexander Povetkin.
The WBC has confirmed as much this week to Vadim Pushkin of Boxing Scene, with WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman saying:
“The next fight will absolutely see Wilder against the mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin. Right now, there is a negotiating process in which the parties have 30 days to reach a deal, I think the fight will take place in May or June.”
Heavyweight champion Wilder 36-0 (35KO) who defended his WBC title for the third time last weekend against Artur Szpilka in New York, in front of a near 13,000 thousand crowd, won the bout via a brutal ninth round stoppage win.
The unbeaten American will have just 30 days to piece together a deal to face dangerous Russian Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22KO) before it goes to a purse bid situation.
But already, there appears to be issues in regards to the possible location of the bout, with both fighters looking for home advantage.
Under current WBC rules and regulations, both fighters and their respective promotional and management teams have 30 days to iron out all the details, and come to an agreement before it goes to a purse bid.
Under such a situation, the fighter and team that was unsuccessful in its bid, will have 21 days to agree terms or face the possibility of disciplinary actions or title forfeiture (via WBC):
“(a) If the champion or his manager do not sign the bout contracts within the 21 day calendar period after the purse offer, or refuse to participate in the bout for the promoter who won the purse offer they shall be subject to disciplinary actions or title forfeiture”.
“(b) If the challenger or his manager refuse to sign the contract within the 21 day calendar period after the purse offer, or refuse to participate in the bout for the promoter who won the purse offer under the terms set forth in said offer, the challenger will forfeit his rights as such and the WBC will designate a substitute as well as take any other measure it deems appropriate.”
So, with the clock now ticking it is only a matter of time before we know the details on this. One way or another, one fighter will be getting his passport stamped and one will be enjoying home advantage.
The smart money for me is on this fight taking place in Russia, possibly in Moscow.
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