Wilder's Trainer: Povetkin Postponed Mandatory, Not Us

By Edward Chaykovsky

As previously reported, the World Boxing Council has approved a voluntary defense for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

The date presented to the WBC is January 16th, and Wilder's manager and trainer Jay Deas says the target venue is the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Wilder's last two defenses took place in his home state of Alabama.

Wilder's mandatory challenger, Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin, was in action on Wednesday night and stopped Mariusz Wach in the twelfth round in Kazan, Russia.

The WBC expects Wilder (35-0, 34 KO) vs. Povetkin (30-1, 22 KO) to happen in April or May.

According to Deas, they were ready to face Povetkin next, but the Russian fighter's handlers informed the WBC that more time was needed in order to properly prepare for the fight.

"When they're ready, we'll be ready," said Deas told "So we're not going to wait on anybody.

"We would have liked for it to be Povetkin, but we're going to find the next highest-ranked guy to fight that's available. [The Barclays Center] is what we're shooting for, and my understanding is that they do have availability. It's certainly an outstanding venue."

"We're trying to go for the highest-ranked, best-available guy. We were thinking that it would be Povetkin. We were ready. They're the ones that postponed it, not us."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SUBZER0ED on 11-06-2015

[QUOTE=Sledgeweather17;16199015]Bet you said this before he fought Mallik Scott. Bet you said it again before he fought Stirvirne. Bet you'll say it again after he schools Povetkin. This is nothing new, we've heard this many times before.[/QUOTE] Nah, I knew…

Comment by Ravens Fan on 11-05-2015

[QUOTE=about.thousands;16198858]Wach was ranked one spot ahead of Wilder's last opponent. So Wilder is taking the easier fight because he's fighting the #40 guy while Povetkin is fighting the #39 guy?[/QUOTE] Its simple Povetkin isn't the heavyweight belt holder.

Comment by Ravens Fan on 11-05-2015

According to an article I read from September the WBC had no problem with Povetkin fighting Wach and as long as he beat him without question he would be Wilder's next opponent. My question is did they ever negotiate the…

Comment by just the facts on 11-05-2015

[QUOTE=Elroy1;16198419]LOL at this thread and desperation of Wilder. All that money in PR spent to try and throw off criticism and THIS is all they came up with? Wilder should be immediately stripped of the title and it should be…

Comment by Sledgeweather17 on 11-05-2015

[QUOTE=Fury4daWIN;16198880]I wasn't referring to Wach so much as Takam and Perez. Duhaupas and Wach were more or less on par with each other.[/QUOTE] Oh? So you just conveniently forgot Mallik Scott and Bermaine Stirvirne?

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