Wladimir Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin to meet for WBA belt
Wladimir Klitschko will meet Alexander Povetkin in Moscow to determine the WBA heavyweight champion.
Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko was set to face Russian challenger Alexander Povetkin for the WBA heavyweight title three years ago, but the details of the contract could never get finalized. Since that time, Klitschko has been elevated to super champion, and Povetkin hasn't lost a bout and is now regular champion of WBA's heavyweight division.
While that may sound a bit confusing, the two should have things all sorted out in a few months, because both sides confirmed Monday that they will meet in a few months in Moscow.
"We had a long story with Alexander and could have met earlier," Klitschko said, according to the Associated Press. "Alexander hasn't lost a fight and I'm looking forward to meeting him but in no case will I underestimate him. I'm sure he will do his best to win on the night of Oct. 5."
Klitschko, who improved to 60-3 earlier this year with a knockout of Francesco Pianeta, has been heavyweight champion for over two years. Povetkin has defended the regular title four times, most recently beating Andrzej Wawrzyk to move to 26-0.
"I'm glad that this fight will finally take place," Povetkin said. "I'm looking forward to meeting Wladimir, the strongest boxer right now."
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