Povetkin-Boswell Close as Rahman Prices Himself Out

by Ruslan Chikov has been advised that a verbal agreement was reached for a heavyweight clash between WBA "regular" champion Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15KOs) and rugged contender Cedric Boswell (35-1, 26KOs).  

According to a source close to Team Povetkin, the fight was offered to Hasim Rahman, the WBA's top contender, but he wasn't happy with the money and requested a sum that Sauerland Event was unable to accommodate. A similar incident took place in April, when Rahman overpriced himself from a possible fight with unbeaten British champion Tyson Fury.

Povetkin's team reached out to the WBA and made a request for 4-5 available names from the WBA's top fifteen. The majority of the top fifteen were unavailable or unwilling to travel overseas.

The fight was also offered to Jean Marc Mormeck, ranked at #9, who publically disclosed that he turned the opportunity down to accept a fight with WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko on December 10.

Boswell has not signed a contract at the moment, but the fight is being positioned to take place on December 3rd in Helsinki.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 10-17-2011

he will have to face rahman next after whoever he fights...this is no sure thing either.povetkin will have to face his mandatory now or in his next fight.why not face rahman now & get the mandatory out of the way?…

Comment by nycsmooth on 10-17-2011

May be intersting if Boz shows up in shape, as Rahman usually doesn't...sad state in this the weakest/most boring division in boxing...

Comment by dan_cov on 10-17-2011

Boswell more than likely stops Povetkin. Boswell is a talented H/W for sure, I've always said this. I think he has a good chance in this.

Comment by Tobi.G on 10-17-2011

Boswell better than Rahman and he looks good on paper with over 30 wins and just one close loss to Jameel McCline.

Comment by dreamkiller on 10-16-2011

Or you and Teddy Atlas could always fight Wladmir, you cowards.

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