Povetkin vs Stiverne Interim WBC Belt – After a weekend where two heavyweight world titles were at play, December 17th sees the interim WBC world heavyweight title contested between Alexander Povetkin and Bermane Stiverne. The full WBC world titleholder is American Deontay Wilder, and the winner of Povetkin vs Stiverne will likely challenge Wilder on his return from injury in the first half of 2017.
A former Olympic gold medalist, Povetkin’s lone loss as a pro came at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko in a world title fight, but Povetkin has not strayed much from the top five in the heavyweight division for the last half decade. For Povetkin, this last year was marred by inactivity and controversy surrounding an alleged failed drug test, and this fight is his first bout since having a WBC world title fight with Deontay Wilder cancelled the week of the fight.
Wilder is the WBC champion by virtue of his January 0f 2015 win over Bermane Stiverne, so Stiverne too is looking to get back in the title picture with a win over the #1 ranked Povetkin.
Povetkin vs Stiverne Interim WBC Belt
Check out the complete current lineup for World Boxing’s 10-fight card below, and check the latest TBC report for more details.
Saturday, December 17th, 2016 – Ekaterinaburg Expo, Ekaterinaburg, Russia
(Card Subject To Change)
Heavy 12 RDS: Alexander Povetkin (30-1) vs Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1)
135 LBS 10 RDS: Rustam Nugaev (27-7-1) vs Ardie Boyose (17-0-2)
175 LBS 10 RDS: Vasily Lepikhin (18-1-1) vs Mark Chimidov (3-2-2)
135 LBS 10 RDS: Pavel Malikov (9-0) vs TBA
130 LBS 8 RDS: Shavkat Rakhimov (7-0) vs Roldan Aldea (10-3-1)
200 LBS 8 RDS: Maxim Maslov (18-1-1) vs Sergio Alberto Anjel (12-0-1)
200 LBS 8 RDS: Alexey Papin (4-0) vs Israel Duffus (11-3)
254 LBS 8 RDS: Magomed Kurbanov (9-0) vs Szabolcs Szabo (12-3-2)
147 LBS 8 RDS: Sergey Lubkovich (3-0) vs Jose Ocampo (20-9-1)
126 LBS 8 RDS: Valery Tretyakov (7-0) vs Marco Demecillo (22-5-1)
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