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W. Klitschko: I Hope Rahman Doesn't Defeat Povetkin

By Luke Furman

On July 7th in Bern, Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) will defend his WBO/IBO/IBF/WBA titles against Tony Thompson, and then a week later, in Germany, WBA "regular" champion Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) will make a mandatory defense against Hasim Rahman. Wladimir is actually hoping that Povetkin pulls through to set up an eventual fight between two Olympic champions (1996 and 2004).

"If Povetkin loses to Rahman, it would be disappointing. In the end, Alexander is one of the contenders to fight with me. He has the WBA world title, and I'm [the WBA's] super champion. Having more than one [heavyweight] title in the organization is indeed strange. I only became the WBA champion in July when I beat Haye, but still I don't make the rules of the organization. Perhaps in this way, they want to promote our fight. I'm interested in the fight against Povetkin. He is well trained and has an interesting balance [of skills]. I was surprised at his disposition in the last fight with Marco Huck, but this sometimes happens to boxers," Klitschko said.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sociopath on 05-01-2012

Rahman is done. He looked scared out of his mind against Wladimir. Wlad went easy on him, he could have ended the fight in a round or two.

Comment by JAB5239 on 05-01-2012

[QUOTE=Mr. Invincible;12063613]Keep telling yourself that. Vitali busting up and stopping two out of the three guys that whipped Wlad is all the 'proof' I need to show how narrow minded you are. Wlad's second tier and always will be. He…

Comment by Mr. Invincible on 04-30-2012

[QUOTE=TheIcon;12062965]If I was Sauerland I would want to cash in on Povetkin sooner rather than later, the way hes going some decent fighter is going to KO him due to the fact hes always gassed by round 5 or 6!…

Comment by Mr. Invincible on 04-30-2012

[QUOTE=JAB5239;12062079]That's because he's fighting the heavyweight version of scrubs. Wlad is the real talent in that family, even if his fights do bore most to sleep.[/QUOTE] Keep telling yourself that. Vitali busting up and stopping two out of the three…

Comment by joe strong on 04-30-2012

i'm gonna put money down on rahman. why not? i mean povetkin can't avoid a right hand & he has never fought anyone with punching power. he has good wins but they are vs huck(i thought huck won 116-112), byrd,…

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