Povetkin vs. Wawrzyk
(Picture: Photo Wende) Wladimir Klitschko can come. That’s what must have gone through the mind of Alexander Povetkin on Friday night after he finished off Andrzej Wawrzyk inside three rounds. It was obvious that the Pole was over his head from the get go and was sent to the canvas on three occasions before the 33-year-old Russian was declared the winner and still WBA Heavyweight Champion of the world.
The defending champion started of slowly at the Crocus City Hall in Myakinino, close to the Russian capital of Moscow. In front of the eyes of Vitali Klitschko (current WBC Champion), former WBA Champion Nikolai Valuev as well as American movie star Steven Seagal the Russian mainly dominated with his jab. But from round two onwards, Povetkin did not hold back anymore. The orthodox fighter started to dominate Wawrzyk, who wasn’t able to take advantage of his superior height and reach. After pushing him into the corner, the champion caught the Pole with a powerful right hook straight to the chin, which sent the previously undefeated heavyweight crashing to the floor. Still feeling the pain the 1.95 meter challenger managed to get back to his feet and was later saved by the bell. Continue reading
World Boxing Association (WBA) World Heavyweight czar Alexander Povetkin walks the tightrope this evening when he puts his belt on the line against unbeaten Pole Andrzej Wawrzyk at the Crocus City Hall, Moscow.
The 6ft 2in Russian’s promoter Vlad Hryunov tabled a whopping $23.2 million winning purse bid – the third biggest ever – for a proposed unification spat with Wladimir Klitschko later this summer but that will all go up in cinders if he slips up against the 25 year old former European Junior champion from Krakow. Continue reading
There is only one stepping-stone left between Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KOs) and the World Championship bout with Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs). The current World Boxing Association (WBA) Champion takes on Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-0, 13 KOs) this Friday, a must-win situation for Povetkin. Defeat is not an option or the hotly anticipated fight against the Ukrainian is over before it has even begun. The champion met up with his challenger for the very first time during today´s press conference. This is what they had to say:
Alexander Povetkin (WBA Heavyweight Champion): “I am putting my belt on the line, so this is a very important fight for me. I promise to give it all I have. My opponent’s name on Friday is Wawrzyk and not Klitschko. I am fully focused on him and want to give the fans inside the Arena a great show.” Continue reading