Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin negotiations ‘at final stage of approvals’
Alexander Povetkin’s promoters think a fight with Dillian Whyte has been”the very promising” option and anticipate”final clarity” in discussions soon.
Talks between the Povetkin and Whyte camps within a fight in April or May have been progressing towards an arrangement.
“We are at the final stage of approvals,” Povetkin’s promoters World of Boxing said. “Final clarity may show up in the near future.
“I don’t really like talking about anything before signing the contract. Right now, only Whyte is considered as an opponent for another Povetkin fight”
Because dropping to Anthony Joshua at September 2018, povetkin drawn with Michael Hunter and has beaten Hughie Fury.
“This doesn’t follow that the second battle with Michael Hunter is no more interesting to us,” his promoters mentioned. “Just at the moment, the Whyte-Povetkin battle is quite intriguing to boxing enthusiasts. This is evident to the British side along with us.
“And for your boxers themselves, this is possibly the most promising struggle concerning a career today.
“After the fight with Whyte, we can go back to contemplating the second battle with Hunter. Povetkin in December drew a match with Hunter for the title of mandatory challenger for the WBA, after which both athletes announced their desire to maintain a rematch.”
Povetkin’s promoters formerly told Sky Sports:”Povetkin has been interested in the fight against Whyte before he became the mandatory to fight Anthony Joshua.”
And Whyte formerly told Sky Sports:”When he needs it, he can do it. It’s likely to become a tear-up, I’m not actually a mover and because he isn’t actually a mover, so he is a fighter and I come ahead.
“We’re likely to have a garbage. Povetkin comes to combat, does not he? He doesn’t come to mess about. I am the same, so let us get it. Let us see who has got the best left hook around.”
Joshua, meanwhile, is expected to confront Kubrat Pulev at a defence of their WBA IBF and WBO titles with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Deontay Wilder faces Tyson Fury at a WBC title rematch on February 22 at Las Vegas.
Oleksandr Usyk is predicted to confront Derek Chisora despite a slight fitness problem, together with Usyk’s team confident their 2020 intends.