On December 17th Alexander Povetkin will take on former WBC Champion Bermane Stiverne in a final eliminator for a mandatory shot at Deontay Wilder’s WBC belt. The pair will face off in Russia and it will be promoted by World Of Boxing, directed by Russian billionaire Andrey Ryabinsky.
Deontay Wilder is coming off a stoppage victory injuring himself in the process. Wilder broke his hand and tore his bicep and has since been inactive whilst waiting for them to heal. While the bronze bomber has been staying quiet in the gym there has been heavyweight drama unfolding at all angles. Tyson Fury, who got in the ring after Wilder’s ninth round stoppage of polish challenger Artur Szpilka, had been stripped of his belts and his licence taken away.
Prior to Povetkin v Stiverne, It was supposed be Wilder v Povetkin however the Russian failed a drugs test, testing positive for the banned substance Meldonium. The fight was cancelled but despite this taking place, Povetkin still never received a suspension from the sport, causing Wilder’s team to challenge Povetkin’s team in court for breaching the contract.
The fight seem’s to have got quite messy outside of the ring with both sides legal teams at loggerheads, but the fight in the ring is likely to take place in spring of 2017 says Povetkin’s promoter. Likely that Wilder will have a tune up fight in the first two months of 2017, its looking that it should be April / May time. An exciting fight as Wilder has yet to be tested against a high level opposition.