Sauerland, Hrunov Dispute Atlas' Comments on Povetkin

By Per Ake Persson

According to manager Vlad Hrunov and Sauerland Event's CEO Chris Meyer, unbeaten heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin did not withdraw from a scheduled fight with Wladimir Klitschko in the manner that was indicated by Teddy Atlas, who is Povetkin's trainer. Atlas said Povetkin withdrew because "he wasn't ready" to fight Wladimir. Sam Peter replaced Povetkin and faces Klitschko on September 11.

The true story, according to Meyer, is Alexander's father passed away in April and there were lots of problems to solve and he just didn't train and that led to the decision not to take the fight. Meyer called Atlas' statements "very unprofessional."

Hrunov downplayed the situation and said that Povetkin and Atlas were very close but acknowledged that it was due to the trainer's statements that the IBF had dropped Povetkin from the ratings.

"We are now discussing how to rebuild Alexander and we'll continue to do so during the week," said Meyer.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray* on 08-22-2010

[B]If Povetkin's dad passing away in April have any effect for any of his future fight then he wouldnt even enter into negotiation for a fight with Wlad, He wouldnt train for the fight, He wouldnt fight Seldon in an…

Comment by swizz on 08-22-2010

why would you come out pubicly about a family death unless you really have to and with the backlash they got the statement was needed, i dont think anyone would lie about a parent dying and anyone who doubts that…

Comment by Rosseboi on 08-22-2010

Sauerland is full of **** if Povetkin was so shook up how come he fought Seldon? Sauerland, Povetkin & Atlas is a clear case of left hand doesn't know what right hand is doing.

Comment by Ryn0 on 08-22-2010

Maybe that what Atlas meant? Povetkin wasn't mentally ready because his dad passed away? Either way, they should have told the media (obviously they don't want to publicise the death of a family member) as it seems like a pretty…

Comment by Ray* on 08-22-2010

[B]They can sugarcoat it all they want, Povetkin just wasnt ready and that was evident with all the major excuses thrown out.[/B]

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