It has been announced by the Klitschko Brother's K2 Promotions that Wladimir Klitschko's big title defense against highly ranked WBA mandatory Alexander Povetkin is delivered for October 5th in Moscow Russia.
Klitschko (60-3-0 51 KO's), 37, holds all the major Heavyweight title belts with the exception of the WBC (held by his brother, Vitali). He is the WBA's "Super" champion seeing as his reign has lasted over ten fights. Povetkin (26-0-0 18 KO's) is the WBA "regular" champion, he won this secondary title win a well fought close-but-clear decision victory over Ruslan Chagaev in August of 2011. He has defended his title only four times since with lengthy periods of inactivity.
The 33 year old Povetkin is considered to be one of Wladimir's hardest tests yet. Povetkin's style may not shock the average observer but his hard working and smothering will get him a win down the stretch in every occasion so far. It is expected that Wladimir will have to dominate the fight early by working his jab, keeping his range and throwing his oh-so-powerful straight right hand as soon as he sees on opening. The rather large Povetkin can usually be found worn down late in his fights so if a finish does happen -- it will happen late.
Vladimir Hyrunov won the purse bids for this fight in April of this year. He submitted a ginormous 23 Million Dollar bid which left both Klitschko's K2 and Povetkin's Sauerland promotions down for the count. Although Klitschko's presence in Russia is as strong as any fighters -- Povetkin was born in Russia. In the end, a minor home advantage will favor the top contender.
Rumors are floating around the internet boxing world in saying HBO is interested in broadcasting this fight on their celebrated World Championship Boxing program. This would be a good opportunity for Klitschko to regain entry into the American boxing fan's home on the premier American boxing channel.
More news will be announced soon in regards to this fight, television and the undercard.