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Drozd v Makabu, Povetkin share top billing in Russia on November 4

Phil Jay 07/08/2015

WBC cruiserweight champion Grigory Drozd is set to put his title on the line for the second time when the Russian meets number one contender Ilunga Makabu in Russia on November 4.

Drozd, 35, defeated Lukasz Janik in May after a rematch with Krzysztof Wlodarczyk fell through and will now follow through on his obligations to the World Boxing Council to meet Makabu.

Also scheduled to fight on the card is WBC heavyweight title contender Alexander Povetkin who will warm up for his clash with Deontay Wilder in 2016 against an opponent yet to be named.

WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev is another fighter who is pencilled in to feature at the Basket Hal Arena in Kazan.

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed the appearance of Drozd and Povetkin in a recent interview with WBN.

“Grigory Drozd has an agreement to defend his title in Russia. He is going to do the mandatory defense against Ilunga Makabu who won a final eliminator,” said Sulaiman.

“Povetkin will also fight on the bill in defense of his WBC silver title. He is the mandatory contender for Deontay Wilder and then we will continue with free negotiations for the mandatory fight.”

Rakhim Chakhkiev, Dmitry Kudryashov, Eduard Troyanovsky and Svetlana Kulakova are all lined up to participate on the undercard.