Povetkin ready for Klitschko after stopping Sykes

boxingAlexander Povetkin warmed up for Wladimir Klitschko with a fourth-round KO victory over Taurus Sykes. Fighting in front of 4,000 enthusiastic fans in his home city of Chekhov, the 28-year-old Russian dominated from the first bell on and left his American opponent without a chance.

Povetkin´s huge right kept finding its target, and in the second round Sykes was already in the ropes. The White Lion kept up the pressure in the third as Sykes went down, but no knock-downs were ruled. Sykes looked intimidated, though, and it was not long until he was in for further punishment. Povetkin floored his opponent with a right to the head early in the fourth for the referee to count the 33-year-old out..

Povetkin, who defeated Chris Byrd and Eddie Chambers in a four-way elimination tournament to become the IBF´s mandatory challenger, can´t wait to get in the ring with Klitschko. “The whole world wants to see this fight,” Povetkin said at the post-fight press conference. “First of all, the negotiations need to be completed, and when everything is in place, I want to fight him. I would be very disappointed if Klitschko ducked out.”

Povetkin celebrated his 16th win in as many fights (12 KOs), handing Sykes the fifth defeat of his career (25-5, 7 KOs).

(Photos: Sumio Yamada)

Article posted on 20.07.2008

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