Advertisement
Advertisement

Povetkin's Trainer Prefers Tyson Fury, Not Rahman Bout

By Ruslan Chikov

Teddy Atlas, trainer of WBA "regular" heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16KOs), would prefer to have to his boxer face British/Commonwealth champion Tyson Fury (17-0, 12KOs) - and not WBA mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 31KOs). Last Saturday in Helsinki, Povetkin made the first defense of his title by knocking out heavyweight veteran Cedric Boswell in six rounds.

Atlas thinks there might be a way to stage another voluntary defense before facing Rahman. Fury has challenged Povetkin in recent interviews and his large frame and height of 6'9 would evaluate how well Povetkin performs against a much taller boxer.

"The WBA appointed [Rahman] as the mandatory challenger to the belt, but I think that we can obtain the opportunity to take a fight in between [the required time to face Rahman]. I'm not sure about this, but this possibility is not excluded. I think that we could spend [our time] on a lot more interesting fights. In particular, against Tyson Fury - he a big guy, and also from England where boxing is very popular. In my opinion, that fight would be a lot more interesting than a fight with Rahman," Atlas told Alexander Pavlov.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTERFUL on 12-06-2011

Povetkin would destroy Fury.

Comment by Hitman932 on 12-06-2011

I like Atlas' thought process here. To get your fighter ready for the Klitschkos first you take on their retarded half brother Tyson Fury.

Comment by Freedom. on 12-06-2011

Atlas is advising Povetkin to duck old Rahman? :lame: The WBA needs to [I]enforce[/I] their mandatories, too much ducking going on, like Sturm ducking Golovkin. As a Tyson Fury fan, I'd like to see him with another year's experience (three…

Comment by Lucky Jim on 12-06-2011

Povetkin is far more skilled than Fury -- his disadvantage would lie in his short arms. Fury would have a tremendous reach advantage.

Comment by PeterinMI on 12-06-2011

I like the Tyson Fury fight.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Kazuto Ioka is Likely Purse Bid Bound Kovalev vs. Ward T-Mobile Arena Ticket Information Liam Smith: I Can Take Canelo's Shots, I Want To Test His Chin! Tommy Morrison's Son Aims To Impress on ShoBox Kovalev-Ward Deal Finalized For Vegas; Announcement Soon Anthony Joshua's Ring Return: Manchester is The Frontrunner Whyte vs. Sexton Plans Canned, Could Be Dereck Chisora Next Robert Frankel Ready: Jose Felix is a Very Winnable Fight Casimero Training Very Hard For Edwards, Says Promoter Hearn Hopeful For Callum Johnson Commonwealth Challenge Golovkin's Coach: Eubank Sr. Telling Lies, Must Come To His Senses Vargas Confident: I Really Think I'm Knocking Manny Pacquiao Out! Golovkin: This is Different, I'm Not Doing What Canelo Did! Frank Warren on Eubank vs. Langford, Flanagan's Options Edwards Confident of Shocking Casimero on Golovkin vs. Brook Con Sheehan Signs With MGM, Will Fight Twice In A Week LaRon Mitchell Goes The Distance, Danny Roman Wins Mikaela Lauren Promises To Drill Klara Svensson For The Count Macklin Warns Brook: Golovkin is Smart, Don't Let Him Read You Jacobs: I'll Fight Golovkin Before Canelo Does - For Right Money Muhammad Ali Center Looks To The Future Without The Champ Frank Warren Throws Water on Joshua's Claim of Joyce Robbery Canelo Pleased To Reclaim Mexican Dates From Mayweather Deontay Wilder, Jarrell Miller Explodes - Heated Confrontation! Photos: Marriaga vs. Robb, Felix vs. Frankel - UniMas Weights Photos: Lucian Bute Putting in Work, Eager To Resume Career Brandon Rios' Manager: Top Rank Contract Ends in December Smith: Canelo Had To Go To 154 To Save Face Over Golovkin! Photos: Robert Guerrero, Alfredo Angulo, Terrell Gausha Ready Hands of Stone - Ramirez Credits Roberto Duran as Mentor Gilberto Ramirez Starts Next Stage, Aims To Return By Year's End Murat Gassiev: Lebedev Improved A lot Since Hiring Roach Abel Ramos faces veteran Juan Jesus Rivera in Phoenix, Arizona Chisora's Coach: Joshua is Better Than Fury, But Haye Beats Him Ishe Smith Discusses Training Camp, Fighting Frank Galarza Shakur Stevenson, Nico Hernandez To Get Honored at Home Smith: Canelo Ducked Golovkin, Talk of Pacquiao is Embarrassing! Mayweather Promotions' Titans of the Trade on September 17 Eubank Jr: Saunders is Extremely Boring, I Want 50-50 For Rematch Karim Mayfield Vents Over Bakhtiyar Eyubov Loss, Wants Rematch
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement