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Photos: Alexander Povetkin, Christian Hammer - Ready For War

Alexander Povetkin can blast his way back into heavyweight world title contention when he faces Christian Hammer, live on Sky Sports.

Povetkin weighed in at 222.8-pounds, while Hammer was 256.3-pounds.

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The Russian faces Hammer in his home country this Friday evening and Anthony Joshua should be watching with interest, as the fight could be classified as a final eliminator for his WBA 'super' title.

Povetkin can also target WBO champion Joseph Parker as victory would boost his ranking with that governing body, but admits he wants to share the ring with Joshua in the near future.

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"I want to fight the best in the world, and Anthony Joshua is by far one of the best heavyweights in the world," Povetkin told Sky Sports. "I always go into the ring with confidence to win."

Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Joshua could be ordered to face Povetkin at some stage next year, and has already discussed this possibility with the 38-year-old's promotional team.

"We have spoken about Joshua vs Povetkin, and the likelihood of that," said Hearn.

"We have a really good relationship with World of Boxing, who are his promoters.

"They have a situation where they can fight a final eliminator to be the mandatory for Joshua, or for the WBO, so they are making that decision now."

Povetkin has suffered just one defeat in 33 fights, a points loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013, and is refusing to look past Hammer, who stopped David Price earlier this year.

"Now I have the closest fight with Chris Hammer and I'm concentrating on the next fight," he said.

"For any fight, it will not be easy. In the heavyweight division, one blow can solve everything. I'm tuned into battle."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DuckAdonis on 12-15-2017

Hammer was ready for surviving cause thats all he did tonight

Comment by club fighter on 12-15-2017

This bout was hard to watch, even the hometown crowd was bored. Povetkin took all 12 rounds and still couldn't figure out that big fat cabbage roll, he shows me nothing. Plus, he got caught a bunch of times going…

Comment by asgarth on 12-15-2017

Povetkin doesn't have problems against big guys with slow footwork and basic offensive skills. He will just counter hammer, step in range landing overhand rights and lead left hooks and get out of danger before hammer can retaliate.

Comment by juggernaut666 on 12-15-2017

Hammer is average , hes also ranked number 1 in one of the organizations and isnt even a top 20 fighter . lol , This fight shouldn't go past 3 rnds if Povetkin still has it at elite level.

Comment by WallabeeKing on 12-14-2017

I think Povetkin has to go the WBA route, Parker's team won't put him in the ring with him.

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