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News: Former Valuev’s trainer: “Klitschko has already beaten 50 Povetkins”

By – Reputable trainer Manvel Gabirelyan who is known for his work with the former two-time WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev, wasn’t impressed by Alexander Povetkin’s last win over American veteran Hasim Rahman (50-8-2, 41 KO). The Armenia-born coach also believes that it’s definitely too early for Povetkin to face the WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO champion, Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KO).

– Povetkin’s opponent was just a punching bag for one round. There was no Rahman in the ring, there were only his first name and last name. Povetkin’s punch is still the same – sharp and immediate, but Alexander has not been tested yet and one should to find all broken parts in this machine. I’m convinced that his Kostya Tszyu will do it. I had watched Atlas’ work before the Chagaev fight, and recently I was watching Tszyu’s work before the Rahman fight. However, it’s still not early enough to face Wladimir. Klitschko has already beaten 50 such Povetkins – Gabirelyan said.

The experienced trainer also believes that the elder Wladimir’s brother, WBC champion Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KO) should retire because of physical degradation.

– Vitali should retire. He misses punches, his legs are tangled, he starts to do some bizarre movements when somebody attacks him. It’s time for him to end his career worthily. Povetkin could stop the elder Klitschko. One sudden attack and Vitali could get into a horizontal position – he added.


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