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Deontay Wilder's Manager Says Povetkin Deal is Coming Soon

By Edward Chaykovsky

Jay Deas, co-manager for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35KOs), says a deal for a mandatory fight against Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22KOs) could be finalized before the end of the month.

A purse bid has been scheduled by the World Boxing Counil for February 28th in Mexico City.

Povetkin was ringside last month at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Wilder knocked out Artur Szpilka in nine rounds to retain the WBC crown.

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The date being mentioned for the fight is May 21st, at Barclsy, but Deas prefers the end of April to get Wilder back in the ring as soon as possible.

Povetkin has last fought in November, when he stopped Polish contender Mariusz Wach in the twelfth round in the main event of a major card staged in Russia.

“Negotiations are ongoing right now, and we're hopeful to reach an agreement in the next 10 days or so,” Deas said to the Tuscaloosa News. “I've seen reports that said May 21 is the likely date, but we'd prefer April 30.  Our preference is to fight as soon as possible,” he said. “We've never been the side holding this fight up. We've wanted this fight for a while now.”

“I think with the large Russian population that's in New York, I think it's a natural for Brooklyn. Deontay is made for New York. He's already had the knockout of the year there. Add it all together and Brooklyn is a natural location. There's also interest from Las Vegas, Alabama, Mississippi and, of course, from Russia. If I had to guess the leaders would be New York and Moscow. Those are the two that have the biggest chances of getting it.”

The fight will match two Olympic medal winners - with Wilder capturing bronze for the United States and Povetkin securing a gold medal for Russia.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by original zero on 02-18-2016

Once Jennings took another fight and lost, instead of going down their rankings like the IBF would have, the WBC chose to hold an eliminator and declared that the winner of the eliminator would get their shot in December or…

Comment by Kell Mercury on 02-18-2016

[QUOTE=original zero;16474104]wilder was the mandatory challenger for 2015 and fought for the title in january 2015 (he ended up winning). mandatories are usually due once a year, meaning the next mandatory was due in january 2016. over the summer, the…

Comment by kafkod on 02-18-2016

[QUOTE=Sledgeweather17;16478294]Dude shut the **** up. Who defaq you think we are? Newborns? So what, the WBC President Sulaiman came out and blatantly lied about Povetkin's team asking for an extention to April/May from him? And what? We imagined that Povetkin…

Comment by Strive 4 Truth on 02-18-2016

[QUOTE=Sledgeweather17;16478276]So? Wilder also Ko'd a guy with a granite chin. And before you start complaining about rankings, do take note that Wach was only one ranking above Dehaupus, 39 and 40 buddy.[/QUOTE]Ok so why is the champ fighting a guy…

Comment by Sledgeweather17 on 02-18-2016

[QUOTE=kafkod;16476217]You started your post with a flawed interpretation of the WBC's ruling on this. They said the negotiations had to begin by Oct. That was a deadline, not an appointment. The first delay was caused by Wilder deciding to make…

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