Alexander Povetkin vs Chris Byrd: Povetkin "Hungry" For More

Alexander Povetkin is not just hungry for success. He is also hungry for Russian food. Just ask Ilona Aprelenko. The 35-year-old cooks for the 2004 Olympic gold medal winner whenever he trains in Germany. "She is a great cook", Povetkin stated. "Thanks to her delicious meals I am not missing anything during the hard practice sessions in Germany. It makes me feel at home.".


Povetkin´s favourite meal includes borscht (vegetable soup with beetroot as a main ingredient), plov (rice pilaf with meat and vegetables), chicken and zapekanka (Russian cheesecake) - all of which Ilona happily delivers. "I really enjoy working for him," she said. "For a heavyweight he is a pretty normal eater. For lunch he always has a soup followed by a main dish with meat and a lot of other nutritious food with buckwheat."

Originally from Odessa, Ilona has been living in Berlin for 14 years with her husband and their seven-year-old daughter Nora. As a former Soviet fencing champion, she knows what life as an athlete is like. "I am very grateful for all her help", Povetkin added. "The Russian Cuisine gives me the power I need to beat Chris Byrd next week."


Povetkin (13-0, 10 KOs) will kick off the IBF elimination tournament with his fight against former champion Chris Byrd (40-3, 21 KOs) in Erfurt on October 27.

Article posted on 19.10.2007

Bookmark and Share

previous article: “Piolo” Castillo out-hustles Ledesma

next article: The 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team to Walk in Opening Ceremonies at the 2007 AIBA World Championships

If you detect any issues with the legality of this site, problems are always unintentional and will be corrected with notification.
The views and opinions of all writers expressed on do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Management.
Copyright © 2001- 2015 - Privacy Policy l Contact