by Kris Anthony (email@example.com)
Alexander Povetkin will face Dillian Whyte in a rematch on November 21st after Povetkin took Whyte’s WBC No.1 mandatory position last month. After Whyte, Tyson Fury will be the target for Povetkin in 2021 (assuming he overcomes Whyte which is no forgone conclusion).
41-year-old Povetkin pulled off the big upset when he knocked out cold Whyte in the fifth after being knocked down himself twice in the same round.
Fury has a date supposedly of December 19th for his defense against Deontay Wilder. Whilst we cannot see this date happen, Fury has the contracted defense of his title against Wilder and must accommodate him first.
“We will work in this direction. The fight for the world title is a big event in the career of any fighter, and with every reason for this, of course we will seek a mandatory defence from the WBC,” Povetkin’s promoter Andrey Ryabinsky said.
Luzhniki Stadium, an 80,000-seat facility in Russia’s capital city would be the dream for Ryabinsky for Povetkin vs Fury.
“Why not? This is one of the possible locations. If such a fight takes place, it will really become an event in the boxing world, no matter where it takes place: in Russia or in any other country in the world,” Ryabinsky added.
“You know, [Povetkin] has a very simple answer to [his desire to fight Fury]. ‘Champion, you say? Hadn’t lost yet? Does everyone consider him the strongest in the division? Then, of course, I want to box with him!’
“I’ll say it again: Alexander is only happy to box with the strongest opponents.”