Deontay Wilder to face Johann Duhaupas, according to reports
Last Updated: 18/08/15 4:44pm
Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC world heavyweight title against Johann Duhaupas on September 26 before facing mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.
WBRC-TV reports that the unbeaten 29-year-old, who boasts 33 knockouts from his 34 professional fights, will put his titles on the line in front of his home fans in Alabama for the second time having stopped Eric Molina in the ninth in June.
Duhaupas (32-2-KO20) lost to former world title challenger Francesco Pianeta back in 2008 and suffered a points defeat to hard-hitting European champion Erkan Teper in March, but bounced back by narrowly outpointing Manuel Charr the following month.
Having fought in his native France and travelled to Algeria, Switzerland, Morocco, Panama and Germany, the 34-year-old Duhaupas will be hoping to cause a huge upset on his US debut.
Waiting in the wings is Russia's WBC silver champion Povetkin, who is due to face fellow Wladimir Klitschko victim Mariusz Wach in Kazan on November 4 aiming to cement his claims to a shot at Wilder.