By Rick Reeno
Russian promoter Vladimir Hryunov advised BoxingScene.com that no decision has been made regarding the television networks which are going to showcase the huge heavyweight event featuring WBO/IBO/WBA/IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) making a mandatory defense against Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs)
The fight is set for October 5th at Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
In Russia, both Russia 1 and Channel One Russia have expressed heavy interest in picking up the event.
In Germany there could be an all-out bidding battle. Klitschko has an exclusive contract with RTL, while Povetkin, through his promotional contract with Sauerland Event, is bound to network rival ARD. However, Hryunov shook things when he bid $23 million dollars to secure the Klitschko-Povetkin promotional rights.
Hryunov, a third party with no ties to either boxer, is capable of placing the fight on either Germny network. Money will dictate Hryunov's direction in this matter, and having the fight on pay-per-view, potentially on Sky Germany, has not been ruled out.
In the United States, both HBO and Showtime are interested in the fight. There have already been discussions between Hryunov and HBO.