Alexander Povetkin vs. Deontay Wilder in late 2015?

What does the future hold for Deontay Wilder? (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Vitali Shaposhnikov

The heavyweight boxing division, aside from having a dominant champion in Wladimir Klitschko, is suffering and suffocating from lack of excitement. Despite being an absolute king to the heavyweight throne, Klitschko brings a dull and emotionless feel to his title defenses. Now and then there are fights worth getting excited about, but they come sparingly, and generally tend to not involve the actual title holder.

According to Mauricio Sulaiman, a fight worth being excited for might be around the corner. He mentioned that once Deontay Wilder gets past (33-0, 32 KO’s) gets past Eric Molina (23-2, 17 KO’s) on June 13th in Birmingham, Alabama, they will begin discussing a potential showdown between Wilder and Alxander Povetkin (29-1, 21 KO’s).

With a 97% knockout rate, Wilder has proven to be nothing less than a knockout artist. Alias of “The Bronze Bomber” fits Wilder well, as his power and delivery is absolutely explosive. Having said that, it’s the competition that really gives a fighter credibility of their success. Wilder has yet to prove himself, and Povetkin might be his shot as doing that.

Povetkin’s loss to Wladimir Klitschko in October of 2013 was his first defeat, and he vowed to climb the ladder back to Klitschko for a rematch. For Povetkin, Wilder just might be that last step before legitimately claiming that he should be next to once again face Wladimir.

Vitali Shaposhnikov can be reached at vitalifightpress@gmail.com

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