Earlier today in Kazan, Russia Alexander Povetkin stopped Mariusz Wach at the 2:44 mark of the twelth round to notch his 30th win and cement his spot as the number one contender to Deontay Wilder's WBC World Heavyweight title.
The negotiations to make the fight are going to be very interesting.
Wilder is a relatively new champion and he is not considered a major draw yet.
Povetkin has never fought in the United States, and despite his reputation as a highly skilled fighter, he is far less of a draw in the United States.
Povetkin however is well backed in Russia, and there are a handful of promoters with very deep pockets that operate in the former Soviet Union.
The possibility exists that Wilder could field a big money offer to defend the belt in Russia.
Going to Russia for a title defense is not optimal for Wilder, but Povetkin has enjoyed the home field advantage throughout his recent career and his is going to want to keep that advantage if he can.
After his win in Russia against Mariusz Wach, Alexander Povetkin is apparently on a collision course with Deontay Wilder, but there are still some wrinkles to work out before it is official.
Follow this situation as it develops with us, here at The Boxing Channel.