The contracts have been signed, a date and venue has been agreed but Wladimir Klitschko is still not convinced Alexander Povetkin will face him in the ring In Moscow, Russia on October 5. Klitschko, will put his WBA/IBF/WBO and IBO heavyweight titles on the line, has been let down by Povetkin before so is understandably worried whether or not his rival will pull out.
“I’m careful when it comes Povetkin,” Klitschko told the Hamburg Morgenpost. “In the past, we’ve twice agreed to fight and he pulled out. With Povetkin you never know what’ll happen. He pays close attention to what others tell him. I hope his people tell him to fight.”
It is rare nowadays for Klitschko’s promotional company K2 to lose a purse bid for one of his title defences but that’s exactly what happened when Team Povetkin bid a massive $23 million to stage the fight in Moscow.
Klitschko added: “I’m not afraid of Moscow. I’m looking forward to boxing there for the first time. But it’s true that Moscow is a hard, energetic city. You have to look at everything and be very attentive – and I will be.”
July 15, 2013