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Valuev Rips Atlas, Says He Dumped Povetkin For Money!

By Ruslan Chikov

Former heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev is upset with trainer Teddy Atlas. He says the well-known trainer dumped WBA "regular" champion Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16KOs) in favor of making money through his television deal as an ESPN analyst.

This Saturday in Germany, Povetkin defends the title against WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. Experts in Europe are calling it the most high profile fight of Povetkin's career, but Atlas refused to travel to Russia to join Povetkin's training camp, stating that he just started a new contract with ESPN and didn't want to offend the network by requesting a few weeks off. 

The move by Atlas has hurt Povetkin in the fight, says Valuev. The former champion says a Russian trainer would have never made such a move by dumping his fighter in favor of media work.

"Teddy Atlas, of course, undermined him by not taking part in the preparation for the fight. We don’t put money above all else. It’s important, but not so important that you take your trainee and cast him aside in such a trivial manner before a crucial fight,” Valuev told RIA Novasti.

Povetkin is now working with Russian trainer Alexander Zimin, who entered the camp on short notice when Atlas refused to travel over a month ago.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JAB5239 on 02-25-2012

[QUOTE=adp023;11821146]Everyone knew from the beginning that Povetkin signed a bad contract. I've never argued against that. It's the aftermath. This is unprofessional of Teddy as a TRAINER to be such a public crybaby and possibly becoming a distraction to Povetkin.…

Comment by adp023 on 02-25-2012

[QUOTE=JAB5239;11820386]Povetkin came to Atlas knowing full well he was a full time commentator with commitments to ESPN in America, therefore the responsibility is upon him. What would have been unprofessional would be if Atlas neglected his CONTRACT with FNF to…

Comment by JAB5239 on 02-25-2012

[QUOTE=adp023;11819452]Well today, an ESPN article came out with quotes from Teddy Atlas saying he feels "betrayed" and "doesn't want to watch" Povetkin's fight against Huck. Link: [COLOR="Blue"][URL="http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/boxing/post/_/id/1111/teddy-atlas-wont-watch-povetkin-huck-fight"]http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/boxing/post/_/id/1111/teddy-atlas-wont-watch-povetkin-huck-fight[/URL][/COLOR] There you go! Totally unprofessional and causing a possible distraction to Povetkin right…

Comment by adp023 on 02-24-2012

[QUOTE=JAB5239;11817578]First off I haven't attacked you. Second, I'm not a big fan of Atlas. The guy is an ass. But Povetkin put himself in this situation knowing full well Teddy had other commitments, that's all there is to it. No…

Comment by JAB5239 on 02-24-2012

[QUOTE=adp023;11815479]Why are u getting all worked up over this?? Grow up! I never said Povetkin didn't make a mistake. My whole point from the beginning is that Steward and Roach are able to manage their careers without major problems...unlike Atlas.…

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