IBF/WBO and IBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko is concerned his latest title defence against Alexander Povetkin could fall through once again after the Russian mandatory IBF challenger failed to show for the first press conference to publicise their September 11 fight.
The press conference in Frankfurt, Germany took place without him. It was announced that the undefeated Russian was unable to fly from his training base in Atlantic City, USA because he is suffering from a nasal decease.
However, Chris Meyer, executive manager of Sauerland Events, who represents the Russian challenger told Itar-Tass news agency: “We regret that Povetkin was unable to attend the press-conference. He was suspended from flying planes for the week. But his training is on schedule. We will be ready for this fight,”
Povetkin pulled out of the original title challenge against Klitschko in December 2008 after sustaining a leg injury during training and Wladimir remained unsympathetic about Povetkin’s latest injury worry
“If Povetkin misses this chance, he will have no one to blame but himself,” Klitschko said.
If Povetkin were to pull out of the fight for a second time, according to Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bente, the IBF may decide to nominate No. 2 challenger Samuel Peter to face Klitschko on September 11.
July 21, 2010