Provided Artur Szpilka doesn't ruin everything, one of the best potential heavyweight fights might be in the works.
According to Alexander Povetkin's promoter, Andrey Ryabinski of World of Boxing, his and Deontay Wilder's camps are in the opening stages of discussions for the pair's long-awaited clash.
"We have entered into negotiations with team Wilder in order to organize the bout, but for now we are just exchanging opinions. My position is, if we can agree, we will have the fight in America. But I have one condition: this fight must have very good publicity, it has to be an event that will be watched by the entire world. If we cannot agree on this, then there will be bidding. Either someone will offer a lot of money and have the rights to do this fight any way they see fit, or I buy the rights for a lot of money and have the fight take place in Russia," stated Ryabinsky.
Povetkin (30-1, 22 KO), who has been Wilder's mandatory for some time, has scored four straight stoppages since his one-sided loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013. Last time out, he chopped up Polish giant Mariusz Wach in Kazan, becoming the first man to ever finish him in the process.
Wilder (35-0, 34 KO) has twice defended the WBC belt he won from Bermane Stiverne, beating down Eric Molina and Johann Duhaupas. Though his upcoming fight with Szpilka may leave something to be desired, it's worth noting that Wilder had intended to face Vyacheslav Glazkov before the latter pulled out to fight Charles Martin for the now-vacant IBF belt.
Think this one finally happens?