Alexander Povetkin Finally Gets His Shot at Wladimir Klitschko

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It has been three years since heavyweights Wladimir Klitschko, 60-3 51 KOs, and Alexander Povetkin, 26-0 18 KOs, were originally slated to fight. The bout was not fated to occur then but now its official and, barring any unforeseen issues, the 33-year-old Povetkin will finally get his shot at the champ.

On October 5th in Moscow these two will face off with pretty much every heavyweight belt on the line. In fact Povetkin’s is the only name other than Klitschko to be found on the current list of heavyweight champions with Wladimir holding the WBA Super, WBO, IBF and IBO belts and Vitali the WBC.

Not to diminish the Russian’s accomplishments but the only reason he even holds a belt is due to Wladimir’s rise to WBA Super champion status in 2011 with his win over David Haye. That left the regular WBA belt available for the taking, a feat easily accomplished by Povetkin in his win over the washed-up Hasim Rahman in September of this year. The victory over Rahman also made Povetkin the mandatory challenger for the WBA Super title which was likely a deciding factor in Povetkin and Klitschko finally nailing down a date.

Though the match will make for one of the biggest, if not the biggest payday, in either man’s career there is certainly more for Povetkin to gain from the fight. A win for Povetkin means international recognition and an immediate accession to the top of his class. A loss however may not even tarnish his record, actually it might even improve it; not literally of course.

The Klitschkos are so solidified at the top of their division that heavyweights of late have been ranked based not on if they beat a Klitsckho but on how well they fared against one in losing. As long as Povetkin can hold his own against the 37-year-old Wladimir, he will at least remain near the top of the division.

1 Comment on Alexander Povetkin Finally Gets His Shot at Wladimir Klitschko

  1. Guy Mortimer // August 18, 2013 at 7:45 am // Reply

    The delay could actually work in Povetkin’s favour. Klitschko would have easily beaten the Russian (yes he is a Russian, not a Pole) had they met three years ago, but I am not so sure about that now. Wlad is 37 years old and definitely past his prime whereas Povetkin is fast approaching his prime.

    But of course Povetkin struggled to beat Marco Huck not so long ago, which is a concern because Huck is not a natural heavyweight, having campaigned in the cruiserweight division for most of his career. If Povetkin can get rocked and hurt badly by a man who is essentially a 200 pounder then what happens when Klitschko cracks the Russian with some of those stiff right crosses of his?

    Alternatively Klitschko doesn’t have the best of chins himself and it would be interesting to see what happens when Povetkin nails him with flurries of his own. I am not a huge fan of the Klitschko’s, I don’t find them exciting to watch, but I have to give them credit because they are both fitness fanatics who always enter the ring in tip top shape, proving their dedication to their trade.

    Despite the fact that Wlad is now three years short of 40, I still think he will win this fight. However, I think it’s going to be a close bout and not one sided like most of Wlad’s fight.

    Klitschko by late round TKO or decision.

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