Following the second successful defence of his WBC World Heavyweight Title, Deontay Wilder has been informed he must face mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin next.
Wilder followed up with June's demolition over Eric Molina with a one sided 11th round stoppage over Johann Duhaupas last Saturday in the Champion’s home state of Alabama.
The win extended The Bronze Bomber’s streak to 35-0, 34 of those wins coming impressively by way of knock out.
"Wilder just fought another voluntary defence and is now in line to make the mandatory defence," the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman revealed.
Povetkin is a worthy challenger. His sole loss came to Wladimir Klitschko back in 2013 and since then has looked rejuvenated since climbing off the floor multiple times in the near shut out defeat to Wlad.
Impressive wins over Manuel Charr plus spectacular back to back wins over Carlos Takam and Mike Perez have pushed the Russian’s name to the front of the queue.
Intriguingly, Povetkin defends his WBC Silver Heavyweight title against Mariusz Wach in Russia on November 4.
If the 36 year old gets through his latest challenge against the "Polish Viking", Sulaiman insisted negotiations will be ordered to face the Champion Wilder.