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Klitschko vs. Povetkin Targeted For Sept. 7 or Sept. 14

By Rick Reeno

On Friday, Russian promoter Vladimir Hryunov, and Bernd Boente, manager of WBO/IBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50KOs), sat down at the Hamburg headquarters of KMG [Klitschko Management Group] to discuss Wladimir's mandatory fight with Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17KOs). A few days ago Hryunov, the longtime manager of Povetkin, shocked the sport when he bid $23.2 million at the WBA's purse bid. The monetary figure blew away the other bids and Hryunov easily secured the promotional rights to Klitschko-Povetkin. Boente told Hryunov that he bid the correct amount for the fight, because all of the involved parties expect it to be one of the biggest heavyweight events in many years. BoxingScene.com was advised that Klitschko-Povetkin is being targeted for September 7 or September 14 in Russia - with the Olympiyskiy stadium, which holds over 70,000 fans, as the venue of choice. Hryunov is putting the show together with Russian businessman Andrei Ryabinsky.

Both fighters have fights lined up in May. Wladimir faces Francesco Pianetta next Saturday in Germany, while Povetkin is going to make his own voluntary defense against Polish opponent Andrzej Wawrzyk on May 17 in Russia.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Virgil Caine on 04-27-2013

[QUOTE=Dolor;13297183]you did see the huck fight, didn't you? povetkin isn't all that tough - I think wlad will go for the KO, particularly since the fight will be in moscow (i.e., he cannot rely 100% on the judges).[/QUOTE] Totally different…

Comment by Dolor on 04-27-2013

you did see the huck fight, didn't you? povetkin isn't all that tough - I think wlad will go for the KO, particularly since the fight will be in moscow (i.e., he cannot rely 100% on the judges). [QUOTE=Weltschmerz;13297138]Povetkin is…

Comment by Dolor on 04-27-2013

I wouldn't count on that. I am sure that wlad will not KO him within 3 rounds, but I can see a KO between round 8 and 12. I think Wlad will fight like he always does - cautiously, but…

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 04-27-2013

Klitschko vs. Povetkin is actually one of the few Klitschko fights HBO [I]should [/I]pick up, even if on tape delay. Hopefully on Sept. 7.

Comment by Weebler I on 04-27-2013

I think September 14th will be loaded but then Russia's timezone will allow for the fight to be on earlier.

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