POVETKIN IN ACTION IN RUSSIA THIS WEEKEND
Press Release: There is only one stepping-stone left between Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KOs) and Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs). The current WBA regular heavwyeight champion takes on Poland's Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-0, 13 KOs) this Friday, a must-win situation for Povetkin if he wants to fight Klitschko. On the same card, WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-1, 19 KOs) takes on WBA “champion in recess” Guillermo Jones (38-3-2, 30 KOs). Povetkin met up with his challenger for the very first time during today's press conference. This is what the heavyweights had to say:
Alexander Povetkin: “I am putting my belt on the line, so this is a very important fight for me. I promise to give it all I have. My opponent’s name on Friday is Wawrzyk and not Klitschko. I am fully focused on him and want to give the fans inside the Arena a great show.”
Andrzej Wawrzyk: “As soon as they offered me to fight Povetkin, I accepted. This could be the chance of a lifetime. I have been in training anyways so I was ready from the get-go and I will try everything possible to burst the bubble that is the fight between Povetkin and Klitschko.”
Kostya Tszyu (Povetkin's trainer): “Alexander has developed a lot during our time together. His punches become more powerful every time we step into the gym and I can feel them through the pads. I am glad that he does not hit me anywhere else. Wawrzyk should better be careful because Alexander´s strength will make the difference on May 17.”
Vitali Klitschko, Wladmir's brother, and the WBC champion in hisown right, is scheduled to attend, which will keep the fans on the edge.