Alexander Povetkin (32-1, 23 KOs) and Christian Hammer (22-4, 12 KOs) won’t be fighting in a WBO heavyweight final eliminator as originally thought.
WBO president Paco Valcarcel told ESPN and German boxing sites that Povetkin vs. Hammer is not going to be a WBO heavyweight final eliminator, as was talked about recently. Povetkin-Hammer could be a WBA title eliminator, with the winner of the fight getting a shot against WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
“He [Povetkin] did have one suspension and the fight he has is not an eliminator per what WBO president Paco Valcarcel told me yesterday,” said Dan Rafael at ESPN.com about the Povetkin vs. Hammer fight.
Joseph Parker won’t have to worry about defending his WBO heavyweight title against the winner of the Povetkin vs. Hammer fight. That’s a positive.
The WBA hasn’t definitely said that Povetkin vs. Hammer will be a title eliminator. It makes sense for that fight to be an eliminator though. With Luis Ortiz now on the shelf 1 year due to the WBA’s drug ban for him, the sanctioning body now needs a replacement to order Joshua to fight. You can expect that to take place soon.
Depending on how quickly the World Boxing Association orders Joshua to defend against the Povetkin-Hammer winner, this fight could take place in the first quarter of 2018. Joshua would be back in the ring fighting either Povetkin or Hammer.
Povetkin would be a tough fight for Joshua. Povetkin is 6’2”, which is a little bit taller than the 6’1 ½” Carlos Takam. Joshua had a lot of problems beating Takam. It was not an easy fight for Joshua. Povetkin could be a real handful for Joshua. Povetkin has an excellent left hook, and good right hand power. He would be a very tough fight. Joshua won’t have it easy against Povetkin. If Joshua can’t KO him, he’s going to have to deal with his power for 12 rounds.