Advertisement
Advertisement

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.…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (42)
Top Headlines Francisco Santana on Benavidez, leans to Crawford over Postol Daily Bread Mailbag: Ward-Kovalev, GGG-Brook, Broner, More Video: Matias Rueda Confident of Shocking Oscar Valdez Video: Crawford's Trainer Media Interview - Two Parter Tommy Coyle Aims To Make History in Leeds Showdown Crawford Senses Fear: Postol Refused To Look Me in The Eyes Viktor Postol-Terence Crawford: Pre-Fight Report Card Canelo: Golovkin Fight Has To Happen, I Want It To Happen! Ruben Nieto Retains EBU Belt, Stops Gonzales in a War Adam Lopez Furious Over Draw: That Decision Was Bullsh*t! Muhammad Ali’s Training Camp Sold To John Madden's Son Adam Lopez Fights Reynoso To a Draw, Jonathan Guzman Next? Arum: Pacquiao Has Said 'Yes' To Fighting Terence Crawford! Jerry Odom With Crushing Knockout of Julius Jackson in Three Santana on Jose Benavidez: My Goal is To Chop The Tree Down! Ian Green With Stunning Stoppage of Khiary Gray on ShoBox Felix Verdejo-Terry Flanagan Eyed By Arum For Pacquiao Card Shumenov Says Lebedev Refusing To Fight, Calls For Purse Bid Photo: Roach Bets on Postol To Knock Crawford Out Photos: Valdez vs. Rueda, Benavidez vs. Santana Weighin Photos: Crawford, Postol Ripped and Ready For War in Vegas Gilberto Ramirez Shakes Head, Says Golovkin Being a Hypocrite Video: Orlando Salido Talks Lomachenko Rematch, More Weights: Terence Crawford 140-Pounds, Viktor Postol 139.5 LIVE STREAM: Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol Weighin Photo/Weights: Delvin Rodriguez vs. Shawn Cameron Weights From San Antonio: Maidana 143.8, Maysonet 141 Valdez: This is What I've Been Dreaming About Since I Was a Kid Video: Roberto Duran Discusses His Movie, Crawford-Postol Arum Sees Anticipation Worldwide For Crawford-Postol Clash Crawford's Trainer: I KNOW How To Beat Manny Pacquiao! Adam Lopez: I'm Looking For a Breakthrough Victory on ShoBox Video: Gilberto Ramirez Talks Injury, Golovkin-Brook, More Tony Bellew vs. BJ Flores Possible For October, Says Eddie Hearn Sam Soliman Hints at Retirement After Loss To Derevyanchenko Joshua-Pulev Possible For This Year or Next, Says Sauerland Ryan Burnett To Defend WBC International Against Ramirez Sanchez: Brook Will Weigh More Than Golovkin on Fight Night Roach Hopes Postol Gets "A Fair Shake" From Referee, Judges Arum: Haymon Never Mentioned Garcia, Thurman For Pacquiao
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement