Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Klitschko vs. Povetkin Could Be in Play For Early 2013

By Rick Reeno

The World Boxing Association is going to make a push for their two heavyweight champions, Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 50KOs) and Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17KOs), to fight each other in the first quarter of 2013.

Wladimir, who also holds the WBO/IBF/IBO titles, will defend his belts against undefeated Mariusz Wach on November 10th in Hamburg. Wladimir is the WBA's "super champion" at heavyweight, while Povetkin is the "regular" champion.

At the WBA's ongoing convention in Jakarta, WBA vice president Gilberto Mendoza issued an order which indicates that Klitschko’s upcoming defense against Wach would be his final optional [at least under the WBA], and the mandatory against Povetkin would be due by February 27.

BoxingScene.com was advised that the Klitschko-Wach winner will receive a letter from the WBA that directs them to satisfy the mandatory obligation to Povetkin.

The WBA's order does not necessarily mean that Klitschko and Povetkin are going to fight in the first quarter of the upcoming year. Wladimir does have the option of submitting a request for another optional - but the mandatory challenger, that being Povetkin, must also agree in writing that he allows Wladimir to move forward with the optional. The same scenario took place earlier this year, when Hasim Rahman was paid a step-aside fee in order for Povetkin to move forward with a lucrative fight with Marco Huck in February.

Povetkin was the mandatory to Klitschko in 2008, but suffered an injury and withdrew from a scheduled December fight. He was once again the mandatory challenger in 2010, also under the IBF, but this time he withdrew per the advice of his then trainer Teddy Atlas. Povetkin is now trained by Hall of Famer Kostya Tszyu. At 33-years-old, Povetkin realizes that it's "now or never" and the Olympic gold medal winner appears to be very serious about facing Klitschko in the first half of 2013.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Red Power on 10-31-2012

I guess someone at the WBA office woke up today and said "Let's put out some headlines pretending that we care about our super champions fighting our regular champions, that'll get the fans back on our side!"

Comment by ddangerous on 10-31-2012

Sasha gets laid out if it happens. Rather see Huck/Povetkin II, than Huck or Povetkin fighting Wlad beforehand.

Comment by Freedom2111 on 10-31-2012

[QUOTE=mikeMack;12654419]Time is going fast for Povetkin and maybe a big fight before 40 is in order?? Not sure if Kosta knows anything though. Call Atlas.[/QUOTE]Kostya Tszyu says Povetkin is ready to fight Wlad in early 2013.

Comment by mikeMack on 10-31-2012

Time is going fast for Povetkin and maybe a big fight before 40 is in order?? Not sure if Kosta knows anything though. Call Atlas.

Comment by -PANDA- on 10-31-2012

lets hope he actually shows up for a press conference this time...not to mention povetkin actually setting foot in the same ring as wlad

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (15)
Top Headlines Shawn Porter Withdraws From Thomas Dulorme Clash Skoglund Sparring With Kessler, Ready To Shock Callum Smith Kopylenko vs. Scott Set For September 15 in Rosemont Tyron Zeuge vs. Isaac Ekpo Ordered To Purse Bid on August 28 Roach Says He'll Pick Sparring Partners for Pacquiao This Time Indongo Does Not Rule Out Lipinets Mandatory Showdown Roach: Mikey Garcia Wants Pacquiao - I'd Love To See That Fight! Sanchez: Canelo Best Counter-Puncher, Not Biggest Puncher for GGG Cleverly: Me and Badou Jack Could Be 'Real Fight' of The Night Maurice Hooker on Return, Feels Crawford Will Stop Indongo Late Bradley Skeete Vows To Chase Down Jeff Horn Title Fight Arum Eyes Joseph Parker vs. Bryant Jennings, Next Spring on ESPN 30 Day Weight: Gennady Golovkin Comes in at 170-Pounds McGregor: I Don't Even Believe Mayweather Will Exit Round One! Alamo-Vaas, Ortiz-Lavinanza: WBC Belts at Stake in Puerto Rico NSAC Head: Glove Change Was in Best Interest of Fighters, Fans Dana White: May-Mac 'Biggest Fight Ever,' Will Break All Records McGregor To Malignaggi: Shut Up & Join the Queue to Fight Me! Video: Miguel Cotto Discusses His Long Career, More Mosley Explains That Botched Surgery Forced Retirement Decision Roach is Confident That Miguel Cotto Will Knock Kamegai Out Conor McGregor Reacts To Boxers Doing The 'McGregor Challenge' Photos: Miguel Cotto Putting in Work For Kamegai Showdown McGregor: Mayweather Fight Isn't a 'Black Versus White' Thing Ellerbe: Smaller Gloves Will Have Impact on Mayweather-McGregor Photos: Bryant Jennings, Gvozdyk, Shakur Stevenson - Workouts Photos: Terence Crawford, Julius Indongo - Putting in Work Terence Crawford Didn't Know Who Julius Indongo Was a Year Ago Frampton Reportedly Close To Parting Ways With Barry McGuigan Joseph Diaz vs. Jorge Lara in Play For Canelo-Golovkin Ellerbe Confident: Mayweather-McGregor Ends in KO, Likely Early Photos: Luis Nery Shocks Shinsuke Yamanaka For WBC Crown Yunier Dorticos vs. Dmitry Kudryashov - Ticket Information Michael Bisping Willing To Do 'Boxing Match' With Tony Bellew Mayweather vs. McGregor: NSAC Approves Use of 8-Ounce Gloves Mayweather-McGregor: Robert Byrd as Referee, Judges Selected Indongo in Great Shape For Crawford, No Issue With Weight Mayweather: I Won't Be Cautious, Fans Deserve a Blockbuster Michael Conlan Excited, Details a Very Active Fight Schedule Oscar Valdez Wants to Fight Winner of Santa-Cruz-Mares Rematch
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement