Klitschko-Povetkin is Official, Contracts Signed For 10/5

By Luke Furman

A deal has been reached, and the contracts have been signed, for the batttle of Olympic gold medal winners. WBA/IBO/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51KOs) will defend his titles against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18KOs) on October 5th at Olimpiyskiy stadium. Both promoters confirmed the news in a press release. Promoter Vladimir Hryunov secured the promotional rights with a huge $23 million dollar bid at the purse bid.

Bernd Boente, manager of Klitschko, confirmed the news.

"I am grateful to our Russian partners - Andrew Ryabinsky and Vladimr Hryunov for their cooperation in the realization of this great battle. Despite the long and arduous negotiations, both sides had the desire and willingness to reach an agreement. And now we can work together to provide one of the best fights that can be made to boxing fans around the world. We have all been waiting for this meeting for a long time and finally we reached the finish line. This will be an incredible fight - the battle of two Olympic champions, two heavyweight champions, two great athletes," Boente said.

For his part, Klitschko said:

"I am very pleased that the fight has been set. Boxing fans around the world eagerly await the meeting of two Olympians. This fight will be between the best in the heavyweight division and I am impressed by the fact that it will be held in Moscow, because many Russian and Ukrainian fans have the chance to attend the live event. The atmosphere will be an exciting event," Wladimir said.

And Hyrunov closed with the following:

"Moscow will host a fantastic boxing match, which will be seen by millions of eyes and cheered by hearts of millions all over the world - there's no doubt about it," said Hryunov.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by soul_survivor on 07-03-2013

Pov gets beaten, stoppage, points, it's however Wlad chooses to go at it. But I'm glad this fight is finally happening!

Comment by Tobi.G on 07-03-2013

I hope Povetkin will have the best training camp in his life! He has enough time to prepare so there will be no excuses! He really had stamina issues against Huck and always looks out of shape.

Comment by Slowhand on 07-03-2013

[QUOTE=Big Rigg;13525364]I hope it's an exciting fight. Don't care who wins. Wlad is too big to fight so defensively minded. If he was more of a killer id be a fan.[/QUOTE] So.. 81 is too low KO %? Or should…

Comment by Spray_resistant on 07-02-2013

Can't wait, pretty embarrassing Povetkin has been avoiding his own mandatory position for the HW title for the last 5 years. After his beatdown I hope he goes back to Russia and farms turnips for the remainder of his prime…

Comment by Mayweather41-0 on 07-02-2013

first heavyweight fight I am going to watch in a while and I expect a Klitschko KO

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