Atlas Brushes Off Any Talk of Povetkin vs Klitschko Clash

By Ruslan Chikov

A new champion was crown on Saturday night in Erfurt, Germany, when Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15KOs) won a unanimous twelve round decision over Ruslan Chagaev to claim the WBA's vacant "regular" heavyweight title. Wladimir Klitschko is the WBA's "super champion" at heavyweight, and he also holds the IBO/IBF/WBO titles. With the victory Povetkin becomes the WBA's mandatory challenger to Klitschko, but the Russian boxer's trainer, Teddy Atlas, brushed off any and all questions regarding a Klitschko-Povetkin clash in the near future.

Povetkin had been Klitschko's mandatory in the past, twice, and both times the Russian fighter withdrew. Povetkin suffered an injury the first time, but last year Atlas pulled him from a scheduled fight with Klitschko and told reporters that "Povetkin wasn't ready for this kind of fight." 

"I don't want to think about Klitschko," said Atlas. "I want to think about Povetkin and this title ... we'll think about Klitschko some other time."

Povetkin had some struggles in the fight but pulled through and dedicated the win to his father who recently passed away.

"My father always hoped and wanted for me to be a world champion," Povetkin said. "It was a very hard fight. It was very hard to fight him. I have a lot of respect for him. He's a very difficult and patient boxer."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sadistic on 08-29-2011

Comment by Pastrano on 08-28-2011

Povetkin showed WAY too many weaknesses in his defense and ringrust to be anywhere near to ready to fight Wlad or Vitali. Teddy knows his stuff.

Comment by Leohappy on 08-28-2011

so now they are going to defend this paper belt agains bums for another 3-5 years until both klits retire? sounds like a plan ahahaha....

Comment by Medved on 08-28-2011

You could write a book on how to ruin a fighters career. You gotta question Povetkins mental state that he would choose Teddy Atlas as a trainer, mind boggling. and Teddy, you talk every week on FNF how bad the…

Comment by mshap on 08-28-2011

then why doesn't Atlas put him on ESPN to fight the ever popular "last minute substitute who hasn't fought in 2 years and has lost 4 of his last 5 fights"?

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