By Igor Lazorin, tass

Scott Alexander is likely going to be the next opponent for former heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin, who returns next month in Saudi Arabia.

"Alexander is a possible contender for the bout," the source said.

Scott Alexander, 30, who resides and practices in Los Angeles, has a record of 14 wins (8 by KOs), three defeats and two draws.

Povetkin has been out of the ring since getting stopped by Anthony Joshua in September of 2018. Povetkin did well very early, but faded as the contest played out and was stopped in the seventh round.

The press service of World of Boxing Promotions, who handle Povetkin, announced earlier in the day that he would hold his next bout in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah on July 12.

That card is headlined by a welterweight fight between Amir Khan and Neeraj Goyat.

"Poverkin’s fight will be part of the event of boxing in Jeddah, which takes place in the new sports arena King Abdullah Sports City," the company stated on Friday adding that the opponent for the Russian boxer would be announced later.

Late last year, Povetkin underwent a surgery on his elbows and a planned fight with Oleksandr Usyk - targeted for the month of May - never came off.

Povetkin told TASS in late March that he was not considering retirement just yet. He turns 40 in September.

"I am not thinking about wrapping up with my sports career," Povetkin said. "As I have numerously stated before I have the will and strength."

Povetkin has a record of 34 wins (24 KOs) and 2 defeats throughout his career. The Russian  boxer is also a 2004 Olympic champion.