Povetkin vs. Hammer Close To Done, To Be WBO Eliminator?

Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (32-1, 23 KOs) is getting close to finalizing his next ring return.

According to the executive director of RCC Boxing Promotions, Alexei Titov, who is organizing the event - it is 99% certain that Povetkin will square off in the ring against Christian Hammer (22-4, 12 KOs) of Germany.

The event would take place on December 15 in Yekaterinburg.

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Titov reveals that he plans to travel to the WBO's annual convention and plans to submit a request to the sanctioning body to approve Povetkin vs. Hammer as a world title eliminator for the opportunity to face current champion Joseph Parker.

Hammer is the number one ranked fighter under the WBO, while Povetkin is ranked at six and also holds the WBO's International title.

"The team behind Hammer are already in possession of the contract. It is 99.9% certain that he will sign it. I think that by the end of next week we will officially announce it. Hammer holds the highest position in the rankings - the first line under the WBO, the eighth in BoxRec. Next week I'm flying to the WBO's convention, and we will directly agree with President (Francisco) Valcarcel that Alexander will become the mandatory challenger (in the event he beats Hammer on December 15)," Titov explained.

"Alexander has the second most important WBO title - the International, and I think the WBO should meet us halfway on this issue and give their fight the status of being a title eliminator. We do not want a one-time fight for Povetkin. We want to make a showdown with Parker in July 2018 under the international exhibition Innoprom in Yekaterinburg. This is a big fight for Russia, for Alexander. These are the plans, the long-term perspective. Alexander deserves to become a world champion."

Last month, Parker retained his world title with a close twelve round majority decision over mandatory challenger Hughie Fury.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tonez187 on 10-23-2017

You would be an idiot to think wilder and aj don't juice up.

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 10-23-2017

How in the hell is back in world title contention?! This is an abomination!.. He should be fighting for peanuts in non-televized tv fights in Serbia against other juicers! Heck, have him and Juiz Ortiz go at it for the…

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 10-23-2017

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;18156719]... I don't follow Povetkin. I only watched him vs Wlad and vs Wach (the 2nd fight being extremely boring).[/QUOTE] I was a big fan of him before they found out he is a cheater. Fights against Takam and Perez…

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-23-2017

[QUOTE=GriffTannen;18156759]povetkin being rewarded for using drugs[/QUOTE] ... sure his handlers are paying the WBO guy for this...

Comment by BufordTannen on 10-23-2017

povetkin being rewarded for using drugs

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