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Povetkin's Promoter Stands By W. Klitschko Statement

By Alexander Pavlov

There appears to be some confusion regarding the deadline for Wladimir Klitschko's mandatory defense against Alexander Povetkin. Wladimir, the WBA/IBO/IBF/WBO champion, will be ordered next year to fight WBA "regular" beltholder Povetkin. The Russian champion's promoter, Sauerland Event, said the WBA gave both sides until February 27 to make the fight.

However, Klitschko's manager Bernd Boente said the WBA gave him a different deadline to make that match. In an earlier BoxingScene.com article, Boente said his boxer has until July to make that fight.

Sauerland's General Manager, Chris Meyer, says Boente is probably going to submit a request to delay the mandatory.

"We received a message from the WBA on the need for Klitschko-Povetkin [to happen] by the 27th of February 2013. I presume that Boente is making statements based on the earlier demands of the [WBA]. His statements in the press about this fight not happening until July is probably based on K2's intent to get "special permission" to delay the mandatory defense for one fight. Whether the WBA will endorse such a request and under what conditions is another question," Meyer said.

Alexander Pavlov covers boxing for Sportbox.ru.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Weltschmerz on 10-03-2012

[QUOTE=Freedom.;12571278]I think the fight will happen in late March or April. I'd like to see Wlad fight 3 times again next year, he's not getting any younger. There will now be LOTS of good potential opponents for Wlad: Povetkin, Pulev…

Comment by Ravens Fan on 10-02-2012

[QUOTE=The Nephilim;12571036]Already putting WACH down as a win for Wlad? That's dangerous thinking for the the champion.[/QUOTE] I personally have no problem putting down Wach as a win for Wlad and I guarantee you I won't lose any sleep over…

Comment by The Hammer on 10-02-2012

I think the fight will happen in late March or April. I'd like to see Wlad fight 3 times again next year, he's not getting any younger. There will now be LOTS of good potential opponents for Wlad: Povetkin, Pulev…

Comment by parrish duke on 10-02-2012

yo really, put the pressure on wlad who was willing and able to fight this dude on 2 seperate occasions? Povetkin better get his balls back and rematch huckleberry finn first, because he lost that one buddies. how can you…

Comment by 4Corners on 10-02-2012

Povetkin is just uhhhhh not that good. It'll be a decent win for Wlad, against a current Top 10 HW, but Povetkin is another out of shape HW. It'll be great to see Wlad beat him down.

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