Haye-Povetkin: Alexander is Ready, Says Sauerland

By Raphael Kyć

WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) will not find himself without an opponent, as unbeaten 2004 Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) is waiting sidelines to fight him. If the British Boxing Board does not approve Ruslan Chagaev, the WBA mandatory, as an opponent for Haye on May 21 in England, then Povetkin, WBA #2, is standing by and ready to fight. Chagaev's battle with Hepatitis B may prevent him from being able to box in England.

Povetkin's promoter, Kalle Sauerland, ensure that his fighter is ready for such a great challenge.

"At the moment we are waiting for the decision of the BBBC [British Boxing Board of Control], and the WBA - on the Haye fight. If it turns out that the fight [with Chagaev] will not be accepted, we will try to get Povetkin as the opponent for David. In my view, Alexander is ready to fight for the world championship. He is a very capable and determined boxer," said Sauerland.

Raphael Kyć covers the Polish boxing scene for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sparked_1985 on 02-17-2011

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;10117887]What's the deal with the BBBoC (British Boxing Board of Control)? Every article I've read (about Haye-Chagaev) for the last several months has included the caveat "Chagaev might not be approved by the BBBoC to fight." WTF, how long does…

Comment by Joeyzagz on 02-17-2011

I love Teddy Atlas as an entertainer but it looks like he has been holding Povetkin back as adviser/trainer. Everyone should EMAIL/TWEET Friday Night Fights tommorow and press him on this issue. #3 vs #4 is SUPPOSED to happen, fans…

Comment by ROSS CALIFORNIA on 02-17-2011

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;10116350]Get rid of Atlas tho. He will run Povetkin right into the ground[/QUOTE] Here comes the excuses already. No way a good white guy beats a good black guy. No fukking way. lol

Comment by BostonGuy on 02-17-2011

What's the deal with the BBBoC (British Boxing Board of Control)? Every article I've read (about Haye-Chagaev) for the last several months has included the caveat "Chagaev might not be approved by the BBBoC to fight." WTF, how long does…

Comment by Sparked_1985 on 02-17-2011

[QUOTE=Freedom!;10116538]I find it difficult to believe Haye will fight Povetkin. But I do hope the fight happens.[/QUOTE] Haye gets my respect and my PPV money for this one. This is a proper heavyweight fight.

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