By Per Ake Persson
WBA "regular" heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin was far from his best against Marco Huck earlier this year. He was in fact out of shape but the only explanation offered was that he had underestimated his opponent. I contacted his manager, Vlad Hryunov, to see how his training camp is going, and I was advised that all-time boxing great Kostya Tszyu is now training Povetkin.
It appears however that Alexander Zimin is still the head coach but is currently sidelined due to illness.
Povetkin, at least on paper, has an easy defense against faded ex-champ Hasim Rahman on July 14 in London - but if he doesn't show up in better shape than he did against Huck then any fight will be dangerous.