Povetkin vs Wilder Goes To Purse Bid Feb 26

BY The Sweet Science ON January 25, 2016
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WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder (36-0) is facing a mandatory challenge against Russia's Alexander Povetkin (30-1) for his next fight.  That much is known, since Povetkin has been the number one challenger for the belt since Wilder won it in January of 2015.  Wilder has defended the belt three times. After his last fight ended in a KO victory over Arthur Szpilka, it looks like his next fight will finally be against Povetkin.

The WBC is giving Povetkin and Wilder more than a month to negotiate and come to an agreement. A purse bid has been set for Mexico City on February 26th if a contract isn't set by that date.  

The biggest potential sticking point is coming to an agreement on the location.   Povetkin has never fought further west than Germany in his more than ten year pro career, and he has a strong base of support in Russia.

Wilder is on the record as stating that it is time Povetkin fought in the United States, and that he preferred the fight to be in New York City.  Wilder even quipped "it's too cold in Russia."

Check out this Boxing Channel video where Wilder talks about fighting Povetkin.

 If that is the case, Wilder may want to avoid a purse bid come February. Though he is undefeated and seemingly has all the raw material needed to be a world champion and a star, Wilder is still a bit of a question mark when it comes to his drawing power.  Many expect that this will come if he keeps winning, but right now the very real case exists that the fight might make more money in Russia under Povetkin's drawing power.  If a purse bid materializes, the very real possibility exists that a deep-pocketed Russian promoter would win the bidding war.

There is another very interesting "possibility".  After Wladimir Klitschko's loss last November to Tyson Fury, the former champion almost immediately invoked his re-match clause, and the boxing world has been operating under the assumption that Klitschko vs Fury 2 will happen sometime in the April or May timeframe.  What if that is not the case?

Klitschko, who will be 40 years old in March, reportedly received in the $40 million dollar range for the fight with Fury on November 28 of last year.  The last few years have seen the old champion have to postpone several fights due to nagging injuries.  If Klitschko is to fight for the world title again in three months or so, the training camp will have to begin in earnest very soon.  Should Klitschko re-think the re-match and retire, his legacy would not be at further risk.  Perhaps Klitschko doesn't fight again.

This would leave Tyson Fury, the lineal champion and holder of a fistful of alphabet soup world titles, open to a fight with Wilder.  And Wilder is on the record stating he would go to England to make it happen. 

Want to see Wilder talk about Tyson Fury? Check out this Boxing Channel video.

 

Comment on this article

deepwater2 says:

The Russian promoter will try and bring the fight to Russia. Maybe he was attacked by 4 guys with pipes the other day because of something behind the scenes involving this fight.

If tsAH doesn't come in with the big moolah than Russia will host the fight.

I see tsAH and Wilder dumping the belt ala Quillin, or... The WBC might take a fee and let Wilder do as he wishes.

In Wilder's mind he doesn't have to travel for Potvetkin, only for Fury. Wilder thinks he should have it easy since he was awarded his paper champion status instead of earning it.

Radam G says:

The Russian promoter will try and bring the fight to Russia. Maybe he was attacked by 4 guys with pipes the other day because of something behind the scenes involving this fight.

If tsAH doesn't come in with the big moolah than Russia will host the fight.

I see tsAH and Wilder dumping the belt ala Quillin, or... The WBC might take a fee and let Wilder do as he wishes.

In Wilder's mind he doesn't have to travel for Potvetkin, only for Fury. Wilder thinks he should have it easy since he was awarded his paper champion status instead of earning it.


YUP! Dude is paper champion with little feet for a giant. But he has one heckuva "divatude," in stealing a phrase from TSS readermate The Good Doctor. Holla!

Radam G says:

The Russian promoter will try and bring the fight to Russia. Maybe he was attacked by 4 guys with pipes the other day because of something behind the scenes involving this fight.

If tsAH doesn't come in with the big moolah than Russia will host the fight.

I see tsAH and Wilder dumping the belt ala Quillin, or... The WBC might take a fee and let Wilder do as he wishes.

In Wilder's mind he doesn't have to travel for Potvetkin, only for Fury. Wilder thinks he should have it easy since he was awarded his paper champion status instead of earning it.


YUP! Dude is paper champion with little feet for a giant. But he has one heckuva "divatude," in stealing a phrase from TSS readermate The Good Doctor. Holla!

Bernie Campbell says:

This match has nothing to do 28th money, the winner will be in his own respective country. Its more important about propaganda,about power and politics, I'm sure they're told what to do, wilder is an inferior fighter but povetkin do sent do good against big guys, povetkin wasn't overwhelming against chagaev, chambers,and huck who were all in reality cruiserweights. Russian boxing authority is more coruput than Germany. The winner will be in his home country,

deepwater2 says:

Hey now! Potvetkin's promoter must be reading my posts.

He just came out and said Wilder is going to dump the belt and fight heavyweight novice ...belt holder .... Martin.

Now compare what the heavyweight champion of the world did. He traveled into enemy territory and shut out the favorite and took the belt.

Wilder is still learning is not an acceptable excuse for this. Wilder is more protected than the gold at Fort Knox.

Radam G says:

Hey now! Potvetkin's promoter must be reading my posts.

He just came out and said Wilder is going to dump the belt and fight heavyweight novice ...belt holder .... Martin.

Now compare what the heavyweight champion of the world did. He traveled into enemy territory and shut out the favorite and took the belt.

Wilder is still learning is not an acceptable excuse for this. Wilder is more protected than the gold at Fort Knox.


True dat! True dat! I hear ya! Holla!

amayseng says:

Hey now! Potvetkin's promoter must be reading my posts.

He just came out and said Wilder is going to dump the belt and fight heavyweight novice ...belt holder .... Martin.

Now compare what the heavyweight champion of the world did. He traveled into enemy territory and shut out the favorite and took the belt.

Wilder is still learning is not an acceptable excuse for this. Wilder is more protected than the gold at Fort Knox.


How embarrassing for Wilder.



Wow, the days of boxers being gladiators is dwindling down, now they are Diva cowards.

Bernie Campbell says:

Somebody just broke wind, and it wasn't yesterday in Maryland

Bernie Campbell says:

Rumour has it that spylka was fighting,with a broken hand the second half of their fight. The Frisco PUTIN up the greatest purse bid wins the match. bomb squad. Did somebody just break wind,again?

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