Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alexander Povetkin is in jeopardy over drug testing
By Allan Fox: The October 5th fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO’s) and WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO’s) is reportedly in jeopardy due to the two heavyweight unable to agree on which drug testing agency will do the testing for the fight.
Wladimir wants the German National Anti-Doping Agency [NADA] to conduct the testing, and Povetkin wants a Russian drug testing agency to conduct the testing. If Povetkin doesn’t agree to have the NADA conduct the tests, Wladimir may opt to pull out of the fight.
Bernd Boente, the manager for Klitschko, says there are other items in the contract that still need to be worked out, according to Sky Sports. Those items will need to be worked out before the fight can happen in addition to the drug testing.
The fight is scheduled to take place at the Olimpiyskiy, in Moscow, Russia. Povetkin was born in Russia and he lives in Chekhov, Russia.
This is the third time the two fighters have tried to set up a fight between them. Povetklin chose not to fight Wladimir in 2008 and 2010 when he had the opportunity to do so. However, he finally appears to be ready to face the 6’6” Wladimir and a lot of boxing fans in Germany and Ukraine are excited about this fight.
Boxing fans in the United States are less excited about this fight and see it as a mismatch due to Wladimir’s much bigger size, power and talent. It’s still probably Wladimir’s best fight since he took on David Haye in 2011, but it’s not a better fighter or even close to being a better fight than that one. Povetkin is slow plodder and made to order for Wladimir.
A more interesting fight in the future will be Wladimir vs. Kubrat Pulev. Haye will likely find his way back in the ring with Wladimir if he can get past Manuel Charr.
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