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Sauerland: Povetkin, Helenius - Real Klitschko Opponents

By Ruslan Chikov

German promoter Wilfried Sauerland of Sauerland Event is gromming his two heavyweight stars, Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15KOs) and Robert Helenius (16-0, 11KOs), to become the next generation to rule the division. The championship brothers, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, hold a dominating grasp on the entire division. Sauerland is not going to chase the Klitschkos, because the lack of credible opponents will force the Klitschkos to pursue Povetkin and Helenius.

"We are not going to chase the Klitschkos for a fight, because it is they who are experiencing a shortage of contenders. Because of this reason, they roam [for opponents] in the lower weight divisions. But our guys - Povetkin and Robert Helenius - are not the usual contenders for show. They are motivated kids who go in the ring to win. Robert is first line under the WBO, which is a belt owned by Wladimir. Povetkin is the regular WBA champion and he's capable of challenging [Wladimir] Klitschko for the WBA's super championship," Sauerland told Alexander Pavlov.

Tonight in Helsino, Finland, Povetkin defends his title against Cedric Boswell and Helenius faces Dereck Chisora for the vacant EBU title.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4P_No1 on 12-03-2011

There is no real HW out there that is good enough to beat these dudes, especially these two. Either Klitschko would eat them alive. Sadly the Klitschkos came through at the wrong time in terms of having any decent challengers.

Comment by HMICHMIC on 12-03-2011

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;11507676]German promoter Wilfried Sauerland of Sauerland Event is gromming his two heavyweight stars, Alexander Povetkin and Robert Helenius, to become the next generation to rule the division. The championship brothers, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, hold a dominating grasp on the…

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 12-03-2011

They're both pathetic. Povetkin was OK in the later rounds but Boswell could have won that had his age not badly caught up with him. Helenius got beaten by Chisora. Haye, Adamek (even though I don't rate him at all),…

Comment by hogwash on 12-03-2011

Except for the fact that Teddy Atlas wanting a couple more fights "to prepare" Povetkin for a Klitschko fight (by that time, Klitschko's will be long retired). I think today we all saw why Atlas thinks Povetkin isn't ready to…

Comment by TheGreatA on 12-03-2011

I would rather not see these two fight the Klitschko brothers until picking up convincing wins over quality opponents.

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