By Alexey Sukachev
Political tensions are sky high between Russia and Ukraine nowadays. Boxing tensions, specifically in heavier weight classes, are quite high as well. The confrontation between two fraternal nations reached its climax on Oct. 5 in 2013, when Alexander Povetkin’s ambitious challenge was effectively repelled by reigning heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko in an important, but mostly forgettable fight.
Now Povetkin (26-1, 18 KOs) is aiming to come back in early June to find where he goes from that disappointing (and even maybe career-defining) loss. Tonight it has been revealed that his rivalry with Ukrainian fighters might continue in a bout versus highly regarded heavyweight contender Vyacheslav Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs). It was earlier revealed that Povetkin plans his next fight on June 7 in Moscow.
“I’ve received an offer to fight Povetkin in early June. I was contacted by the organizers of Alexander’s next contest just two days ago”, said Glazkov, who is rated IBF #2, WBC #9 and WBO #13 and is coming off a major victory over former two-division world champion Tomasz Adamek.
“It’s too early to say that this fight is done”, commented Nikolay Baklanov, a vice-president of Pushka Promotions, which co-promotes 2008 Beijing Olympics super heavyweight bronze medalist alongside Main Events. “But this is a very intriguing encounter, and we are very interested in it. Both Alexander and Vyacheslav are top-10 heavyweights right now, so that would be a great match-up for the fans”.