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Povetkin's Promoter: WBC Mandatory Situation is Complex

World of Boxing CEO Andrei Ryabinsky, who promotes Alexander Povetkin, says the situation with the WBC's mandatory status is complicated.

This past Saturday night at Matchroom's Fight Camp, Povetkin sensationally knocked out Dillian Whyte in the fifth round.

Whyte was the mandatory challenger and held the WBC's interim-title.

Had Whyte been victorious, he was due a mandatory world title shot by February 2021.

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Most were under the belief that in victory, Povetkin would now become the WBC's mandatory challenger to world champion Tyson Fury.

However, the WBC has made it clear that Povetkin is not the mandatory challenger - since the bout with Whyte was sanctioned as a voluntary defense of the WBC interim-belt.

There is a rematch between Povetkin and Whyte being targeted for the fall.

The WBC has not issued a ruling on whether or not the winner of the rematch would become the mandatory challenger or simply receive a better ranking.

According to Fury's co-promoter, Frank Warren, the WBC has advised him that his boxer will not have any mandatory obligations for a full year - once a mandatory challenger has been established. 

"A rematch [with Whyte] is a normal practice for such fights," Ryabinsky said.

"The rules of the game changed a little, we have to figure it out. This entire mandatory challenger situation is very difficult, it will now drag on for a year or two. It is deeper and more complex [than initially thought], but in a nutshell everything is like this."

The 40-year-old Povetkin has 39 fights, in which he won 36 (25 by knockout), suffered two defeats and has one draw.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Sayithowitisuk on 08-28-2020

Imagine. Really imagine for a second how great it would be if we had 1 title for every division & that's it. The sport of boxing would be amazing again. All we do today is talk about politics. It's pathetic.

Comment by rudy on 08-28-2020

[QUOTE=YoungManRumble;20730499]World titles will start losing credibility with even the most casual fans soon at this rate[/QUOTE] No they won’t they never had any credibility in the first place

Comment by sledgehammer17 on 08-28-2020

Pov brutally ko's the no.1 and mandatory challenger, who is also wbc interim champ and also claims the wbc diamond belt on top of all that, so it's simple, pov should be getting the world title shot pronto! No need…

Comment by mjh1969 on 08-28-2020

WBC has lost a lot of credibility with me. Essentially they are saying that they want to wait for Whyte to rematch Povetkin and beat him to give him his shot. Never mind that Whyte got knocked out. This means…

Comment by tokon on 08-28-2020

So povetkin is now the WBC interim champion? Surely the "interim champion" is the logical mandatory for the "champion"?

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