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Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder will face his biggest challenge of his career when he faces Alexander Povetkin. This is a mandatory bout and Wilder must face this opponent or he will be stripped of his title. Wilder looked fantastic in his last fight. He scored a one punch knockout in the ninth round against Arthur Szpilka. Szpilka was in attendance knowing he would be challenging the winner of that bout. On Wednesday night WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman made it official, by sending emails to both fighters camps letting them know that the negotiation period has started. He let them know that if a deal was not made then a purse bid would be held February 26th at the WBC headquarters in Mexico City.  Wilder said he is eager to face Povetkin because he is recognized as one of the top heavyweights in the division. Wilder was criticized in the past for facing far lesser opponents. Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas and Szpilka were all looked at as weak opponents that Wilder defending the title against.DEONTAY2

“I’m super confident in that fight,” Wilder said after knocking out Szpilka. “I’ve been waiting for Povetkin for a very long time, and I’m looking forward to him. I’m glad he was here to take notes. We all know styles make fights. I am very comfortable with him.

“My goal is to be undisputed champion of the world, and that’s my mission. He should take notes on everything.””I’ve been to Russia [to fight as an amateur]. It’s time to bring him to the United States,” Wilder, 30, said of Povetkin. “We all know to have that big name you must get the American fans on your side. I’m looking forward to getting him out of his zone and to have him come to America. It’s too cold in Russia.”  Povetkin (30-1,22ko) has been on a hot streak as he won four fights in a row via knockout. What was impressive about them was that it came against top contenders. Povetkin improved a lot since his 2013 lone loss to Wladimir Klitschko in Moscow.

AlexanderPovetkin“I look very positively on this,” Povetkin said through a translator. “It’s interesting. Secondly, Wilder is a world champion. Thirdly, the United States of America is the center of global boxing. Povetkin pointed out that Wilder is going to be a tricky opponent because of his 6’7 height, which is a five inch advantage compared to him.It’s going to be very difficult and uncomfortable, but we will use the right tactics and will get inside,” Povetkin said. “He is a good strong fighter with a very strong punch. I’m focused on the fight happening and getting ready for it.”

2) Welterweight titlist Kell Brook will make his third title defense when he takes on mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier on March 26 at Sheffield Arena in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England. Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced Wednesday.kell-brook-boxing-title_3283373

The fight was agreed to January 11th when Hearn and Bizier promoter Yvon Michel, to avoid a purse bid to the fight. The fight will be Brook’s first fight since pulling out of a October 24th bout with Diego Chaves, which would of took place at the Sheffield Arena.

” I’m delighted to be back fighting at the Sheffield Arena again,” said Brook, who has regularly drawn big crowds there. “While I was gutted to miss out on fighting in October, I’ve fully recovered from the injury and feel stronger than ever. I’ve been working hard in the gym and working on new things, and I cannot wait to put on another explosive performance for my hometown fans and prove I am the best 147-pound fighter on the planet.”

KevinBizierThe 29 year old Kell Brook (35-0, 24ko) is considered to be one of the top fighters, especially after his big time victory against then undefeated Shawn Porter in August of 2014.  Shortly after that time period he was stabbed while on vacation and it sidelined him for the rest of 2014. The stab threatened his career and it was thought that he would have to retire. Brook then in 2015 made a full recovery and defended his title two more times and won both times via knockout. Bizier(25-2,17ko) had won two fights in a row since losing a split decison fight to Dan in December of 2014.

“The most important thing was the date. March 26 is perfect for me,” Bizier said. “I am already in great physical condition and I will have the perfect preparation in Montreal with my trainer Marc Ramsay. I know I will be the underdog once again, but I guarantee you I will give the fight of my life. I am optimistic and I already fought in England as an amateur. Having the crowd against me does not bother me at all.”

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