Tyson Claims Wilder Should Face Povetkin
While Mike Tyson won’t be entering the ring one more time to face off against Deontay Wilder, following Wilder’s comments about being able to beat Tyson in his prime; the former world heavyweight champion has suggested someone to face Wilder if he beats Luis Ortiz on March 3rd.
According to a story from Boxing Scene, Tyson, Tyson wants to see Alexander Povetkin challenge the WBC heavyweight champion.
Wilder and Povetkin were originally set to face off in 2016, but the fight would be cancelled following Povetkin testing positive for a banned substance in a pre-fight drug test.
Povetkin has since committed to being tested on a regular basis in connection with the testing programs regulated by the WBC and WBA.
Tyson views Wilder as the most vulnerable champion for Povetkin to beat, as opposed to Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker, who battle in a unification fight on March 31st.
“Everybody has the opportunity to [become a world champion] now, because right now there are enough open slots to get that win. I think right now it makes sense for [Povetkin] to box against Wilder, because he is the weakest [of the champions]… at least from the current champions [Wilder] would be [a fight where Povetkin would] be the most successful,” said Tyson.
Povetkin is set for the undercard of Joshua-Parker in Cardiff, when he faces David Price.
At the moment Povetkin is the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s WBA title, but per Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, his fighter’s next stop is a debut in the United States.
Original Story: Boxing Scene