Alexander Povetkin collides with Michael Hunter in an explosive heavyweight clash on the same bill as Anthony Joshua’s huge rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua aims to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts from Ruiz Jr on December 7, live on Sky Sports Box Office, with three more major fights confirmed ahead of the massive main event in Saudi Arabia.
All eyes will be on the Ruiz Jr vs Joshua II unified world heavyweight championship rematch on Dec. 7, but other heavyweight bouts hold intrigue that night as well.
On Thursday, Matchroom Boxing announced that Alexander Povetkin will face rising heavyweight contender Michael Hunter in an eliminator for the WBA world title as part of the undercard action in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. In addition, Croatian heavyweight Filip Hrgovic will take on former world title challenger Eric Molina.
The 40-year-old Povetkin (35-2, 24 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Hughie Fury in August to bounce back from the seventh-round TKO loss he suffered at the hands of Joshua last September.
“Before the fight with Hughie Fury, I hadn’t entered the ring for almost a year, recovering from an elbow surgery, so I’m very glad that I can have another fight this year,” Povetkin said in a press release statement. “Hunter is a strong, highly ranked boxer. I think it will be a good and interesting fight. I’m not going to make any plans for the next year. First I have to go through this fight against Hunter, but I would definitely like to box for the world title.”
Meanwhile Hunter, 31, is coming off a unanimous decision over Sergey Kuzmin in September and is 6-0 since moving up to heavyweight from the cruiserweight division. Still, Povetkin figures to be his sternest test yet.