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.