Wladimir Klitschko not interested in fighting Alexander Povetkin
By Allen Fox: It was thought that after Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15 KO’s) defeated Ruslan Chagaev (27-2, 17 KO’s) to capture the vacant WBA regular heavyweight title last Saturday night that IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO’s) would take on Povetkin for a fight that would take place in Germany.
However, Wladimir apparently has zero interest in fighting Povetkin, according to Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente. The reasons are as follows: Wladimir attempted twice to fight Povetkin in the past, but both times the fight was cancelled on Povetkin’s part. The ratings for Povetkin’s fight against Chagaev were incredibly low in Germany in comparison to Wladimir’s last fight against David Haye on July 2nd.
Povetkin doesn’t have the name value needed for Wladimir to want to fight him. Part of the problem is that Povetkin hasn’t done a whole lost since winning the IBF heavyweight eliminator tournament in 2008. He’s fought nothing but B level fighters fort he past three years up until his bout with Chagaev. Wladimir doesn’t want to take a huge step down in pay for his next fight and wants a recognizable name.
Povetkin doesn’t bring in the interest that Wladimir needs. For his next fight, Wladimir could wind up against on American heavyweight Chris Arreola in a fight that might end up taking place in New York. Arreola is fairly popular and gets good ratings for his fights on cable. Other than Arreola, there’s not a lot of guys out there.
Tyson Fury already said he doesn’t want to figth Wladimir now, and guys like David Price and Robert Helenius just aren’t ready at this time. Helenius looked decent in stopping 35-year-old Sergiy Liakhovich last Saturday night, but lacks defense, a good jab and the foot movement to be competitive with Wladimir. Helenius moves like he’s tromping through ankle-deep mud and doesn’t know how to defend against punches.
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