WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin's camps are in talks to schedule their fight for May 21 in New York, according to promoter Lou DiBella.
On Thursday, DiBella told RingTV.com that he and Russian promoter Andrey Ryabinski had held discussions over the title fight and he was just waiting to hear from his counterpart.
Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) has said that he is keen to defend his title against Povetkin (30-1, 22 knockouts).
“I got Alexander Povetkin lined up,” Wilder told RingTV.com. “That’s what I know of right now.
"I want to get Povetkin out of the way.”
In The Ring's heavyweight ratings, Povetkin is rated at number two while Wilder is number three. The only defeat that the Russian has suffered was against Wladimir Klitschko in 2013.
Povetkin was last in action in November when he defeated Poland's Mariusz Wach via a TKO and Wilder knocked out Artur Szpilka of Poland on January 16 this year in his last fight.