Top heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte believes his next opponent is sure to become former world champion Alexander Povetkin.
Whyte's return is targeted for an April date in London, according to promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom.
Both Whyte and Povetkin were in action in separate fights back in December, as part of the undercard to the Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Whyte won a tough ten round unanimous decision over veteran Mariusz Wach, while Povetkin fought to a tough draw with rising contender Michael Hunter.
Hearn had made a very lucrative offer to Andy Ruiz to get him in the ring with Whyte. Ruiz, who currently does not have a trainer after parting ways with Manny Robles, has other plans and appears to be heading to a return in the early summer.
Whyte is satisfied with Povetkin being the opponent, because he views him as a better choice than Ruiz - who didn't properly train for the rematch with Joshua and entered the ring in poor shape.
"It looks like it's going to be Povetkin," said Whyte to Sky Sports. "I think he's a better opponent than Andy Ruiz, because one thing about Povetkin, he will come in shape, and he will be motivated to fight.
"I just want to get a high-level guy to fight."
Whyte is the WBC's mandatory challenger to the world title. The winner of the upcoming rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, which takes place on February 22 at the MGM Grand in in Las Vegas, must face Whyte by February of 2021.