Opinion | Jan 17 2016

Deontay Wilder could avoid Alexander Povetkin to unify world heavyweight titles

Wilder could pick up the IBF title instead of facing Povetkin next
Deontay Wilder
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ON Saturday night, Deontay Wilder made the third consecutive voluntary defence of his WBC world heavyweight title when he stopped Poland’s Artur Szpilka in nine rounds.

Prior to that, Wilder had stopped unheralded Eric Molina and Johann Duhaupas to retain the title he won from Bermane Stiverne last January – which remains his biggest win to date.

Since May of last year Russia’s Alexander Povetkin – one of the best heavies on the planet – has been Wilder’s mandatory challenger and the WBC stated Wilder would have to face him after Duhaupas. However some sort of agreement was reached and Szpilka was lined up, gave a better account of himself than expected, before being violently dispatched.


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