The WBC has ordered a fight between the #1 contender Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KO’s) and the #2 contender Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s).  Povetkin was originally supposed to face Deontay Wilder for the WBC world heavyweight title, but was removed from the fight for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.  After a “B” sample cleared Povetkin of any wrong doing, he was put on the shelf again, because Wilder already had a replacement opponent in Chris Arreola.

Wilder hurt himself badly against Chris Arreola in their fight, and will now be on the shelf until 2017.  Deontay broke his right hand again, and on top of that, he also tore his right bicep.  So Povektin will draw the short end of the stick again, as he goes from being next in line, to having to win to get his shot.  With Wilder on the shelf for a while now, the WBC ordered povetkin to face Stiverne for the interim WBC heavyweight title, with the winner taking on Wilder for the world title some time in 2017.  Negotiations for the fight begin today, and the have until September 16 to come to a financial agreement.  If they do not, there will be a purse bid on the 16th.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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