With tickets expected to go on sale before the weekend, Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin held their first press conference Mondayin Moscow.
Klitschko (60-3, 52 KOs) is slated to defend The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts against the 33-year-old Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs) on October 5 at the SC Olimpiyskiy arena in Russia’s capital city.
“This is a worldwide event, with more than 150 countries broadcasting my fight with Povetkin live. There’s already something special in the air,” Klitschko, 37, told Fightnews.com. “I’m sure that it will be very entertaining but also a technical fight. I’m not taking Alexander lightly, but I’m also not overestimating his skills.”
A gold medalist at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Klitschko most recently exited the squared circle on May 4 following an easy sixth round TKO victory over Italian Francesco Pianeta.
Comparatively, the 33-year-old Povetkin last vacated the ring on May 17 after flooring Andrzej Wawrzyk in the third round.
Currently ranked fourth in the pound-for-pound rankings, Hayden Panettiere’s joystick has emerged triumphant on 18 consecutive occasions since suffering a TKO at the hands of Lamon Brewster in April 2004.
Even more impressively, “Dr. Steelhammer” has now managed to safeguard his titles 14 straight times and remains a threat to Joe Louis’ longstanding record of 25 defenses.
As the third longest reigning king in heavyweight history, Klitschko truly is a prizefighter for the ages.
During a “worldwide event,” expect the great Wladimir Klitschko to knock Alexander Povetkin onto Queer Street within 11 lopsided rounds this autumn.
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