By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Wladimir Klitschko to face Alexander Povetkin
Unified IBF/WBA/WBO and IBO/Ring Magazine heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) defends his titles again this Saturday, October 5, in front of a sold-out crowd of 14,000 at Olimpiyskiy, in Moscow, Russia. Klitschko, at long last, will finally battle unbeaten WBA mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs) in a rare battle of two former Olympic gold medal winners.
The bout will be Klitschko’s 15thconsecutive defense of the world heavyweight championship. Klitschko, a two-time world champion and 1996 Atlanta Olympic gold medalist,
will also be competing in his 24th career world heavyweight championship fight.
“This is the best fight the heavyweight division has to offer at the moment,” Klitschko said. “The interest in this title defense is immense, just like it was against David Haye. This is exactly what heavyweight boxing needs.”
At age 37, Klitschko, alongside older brother Vitali, the WBC heavyweight kingpin, are the class of the heavyweight division. Klitschko has been competing at an elite level ever since that compelling twelfth round he fought against Samuel Peter in December 2005. Klitschko boxed very well for twelve exciting rounds in one of the toughest victories of his career. Even until this very day, Klitschko’s performance in his first fight with Peter stands out because, that was the last fight anyone has witness Klitschko taste the canvas. That cold December night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City was the last time a fighter bullied Klitschko around the ring for any duration of time.
Following that fight Klitschko has simply demolished everyone that has stepped in his path. Chris Byrd, Calvin Brock, Ray Austin, Hasim Rahman,
Tony Thompson, Sultan Ibragimov, Mariusz Wach, Jean-Marc Mormeck, Lamon Brewster,Eddie Chambers, Franciso Pianetta, and David Haye to name a few. Klitschko has sold out soccer stadiums and arenas across the world. Klitschko has amassed 60 professional victories, along with 51 professional knockouts.
There is no end in sight for Klitschko, even one year following the passing of his legendary Hall of Fame trainer, architect, and friend Emmanuel Steward. Klitschko’s reach, size, and power is virtually unmatched. All it takes for Klitschko is to land one punch, maybe two or three, and his opponents either fall flying onto the canvas, or are beaten badly.
While Klitschko has dominated the world heavyweight title scene, Povetkin has remained far away from his path. Povetkin has twice pulled out of fights with Klitschko in the last several years. Povetkin, a former gold medalist at the 2004 Olympics, was 24 when he turned professional. Klitschko has already amassed over 40 professional fights and was a former WBO heavyweight champion. Now at age 34, Povetkin’s resume’ still doesn’t even compare to the grandeur record of Wladimir Klitschko.
Credit Povetkin for having stepped-up is opposition against the likes of Hasim Rahman, Ruslan Chagaev, and Marco Huck in recent years, but he simply doesn’t have the resolve of the skills to match with Klitschko.
The only thing Povetkin will have in his favor heading into Saturday’s fight is that he has a puncher’s chance and the fight will be in his native Russia. A Russian promoter bid a record $23 million to stage the fight in Moscow. Klitschko will earn a guaranteed $17 million, while Povetkin will pocket close to $6 million.
Klitschko vs. Povetkin will be televised here in the United States live on HBO beginning at 3:30 PM/ET. Klitschko vs. Povetkin will also be rebroadcast as part of the co-featured attraction to the return of Miguel Cotto against Delvin Rodriguez, live from Orlando, FL beginning at 9:45 PM/ET.