Povetkin: Now or Never

By Ted Sares on December 19, 2012
Povetkin: Now or Never
A Russian fighting a Ukrainian in Germany has a certain Eastern Euro appropriateness to it.

It’s time for undefeated heavyweight Alexander Povetkin to step up and seek his retirement package and this means taking the obligatory beating…

“For Povetkin, it’s a fight that has to happen because, simply put, it’s time for him to take this risk. At 33, he’s not going to get better, any more popular, or whatever else someone might have hoped he would be before facing Wladimir.”—Scott Christ (BLH)

“Povetkin is not a true champion, he’s the same [as everyone else], a normal contender. We will not allow anyone to force us to do anything.”—Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente.

It’s time for undefeated heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (25-0) to step up and seek his retirement package and this means taking the obligatory beating at the hands of Wladimir (59-3) hopefully sometime in early 2013. Reportedly, the WBA is demanding such a fight to happen before February 26.

Klitschko, like Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, is an event fighter and that means when he fights it’s a BIG event that will guarantee his opponent a large payday. Of course, what the losers do with the money is another story. In this regard, one can only speculate as to what Mariusz Wach is doing with his recent hard-earned purse…

The fact is, Wladimir Klitschko is fast running out of opponents and Povetkin, a titleholder, clearly is the best challenge left.  A third fight with Sleeping Beauty Tony Thompson or a rematch with the woefully out of shape Rahman or another go at David “The Toe” Haye is not what fans want to see.

Big Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev (17-0) removed even bigger Belarusian Alexander Ustinov and Ukrainian Alexander Dimitrenko from the mix and has emerged as a possibility, perhaps down the road a bit. But equally big Robert Helenius (18-0) looked just fair in his last outing as the Nordic Nightmare put fans to sleep in his less than lively fight with Sherman Williams. Chris Arreola (35-2-1) is an intriguing idea, but has he really earned a big payday?

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder talk the talk but are they ready to walk the walk with Dr. Steelhammer? The same goes for David Price. These giants, representing the new heavyweight norm in size, need to fight one another so that the true cream rises to the top and the true challenger emerges.

Thus, by process of elimination and despite what Bernd Boente asserts, Alexander “The White Lion” Povetkin is the most logical opponent for Wladimir. Moreover, the specter of a Russian fighting a Ukrainian in Germany has a certain Eastern Euro appropriateness to it.

Let’s get it on!

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  1. Tex Hassler 10:16am, 12/28/2012

    Povetkin has little and in reality no chance of beating the K Brothers. He is one of the few possible opponents. The fight would sell big in Europe. It would probably not go the distance.

  2. FrankinDallas 01:11pm, 12/21/2012

    Povetkin looks, and fights, like a Russian Pillsbury Dough Boy. Wlad may lose his glove if he lands a belly shot.

    This match won’t be competitive, but it may be entertaining. Getting a Ukrainian in the ring with a Russian is like a Mexican vs a Puerto Rican if Mexico had invaded and raped PR in the past. The fight should be in Kiev, not Germany.

  3. the thresher 09:26am, 12/20/2012

    I agree with your result. Haye vs. Wlad and this time, The Toe will Go early.

  4. Dan Adams 09:00am, 12/20/2012

    In my imagined heavyweight tourney quarterfinals, the matchups, again, are:  Deontay Wilder against David Price, Chris Arreola versus Kubrat Pulev, David Haye versus Tomas Adamek.  Tyson Fury against Wladimir Klitschko.

    Winners:  Price TKO over Wilder in a shootout; Pulev split-decision over Arreola; Haye split decision over Adamek; Wlad Klitschko TKO over Tyson Fury.

    Semis:  David Price vs Wlad Klitschko; David Have vs Kubrat Pulev.  Winners are Klitschko by KO over Price, and David Haye by TKO over Kubrat Pulev.

    Finals:  Wlad Klitschko versus David Haye.  Winner is Wlad Klitschko, this time by brutal TKO.

  5. The Thresher 06:25am, 12/20/2012

    “Atlas made the much-criticized move to drastically scale back Povetkin’s competition, leading to fights against the likes of Teke Oruh, Leo Nolan, Jason Estrada, Javier Mora, and Nicolai Firtha.” (BLH)

  6. David Matthew 09:59pm, 12/19/2012

    Povetkin has actually eroded to me as of late.  He should’ve fought Wladimir when he was the mandatory years ago - when he was actually a better/more dynamic fighter.  He has lazy habits, and I don’t get the sense that his training camps are all that intense.  Teddy Atlas did him a disservice if he did in fact influence the decision to turn that $3 million payday down.  I’m also suspect of his ring IQ.  If I was Wladimir I wouldn’t give him another chance (after he pulled out the initial Wladimir fight dishonorably) until he earns it—by beating another top prospect in the fold (Helenius, Arreola, Fury, Price, Wilder, Chisora etc..)  to me, Haye is clearly the best HW not named Klitschko.

  7. pugknows 08:44pm, 12/19/2012

    Merry Christmas to all from Las Vegas!

  8. Dan Adams 08:42pm, 12/19/2012

    The Thresher, thanks for pointing out my mistake…guess I was all Tuckered out when I named the wrong Tony. As for David Haye, I’m with you on that one:  I just wish the guy would stop posing and just get on with it or go away. Two more intriguing heavy matchups:  Bryant Jennings versus Tomas Adamek and Kubrat Pulev vs Marius Wach.  By the way, I never said, but Price beats Tony Tucker and Tony Thompson, Adamek wins a close one versus Jennings, and Pulev outpoints Wach.  Next round in my heavy eliminators pits Deontay Wilder against David Price, Chris Arreola versus Kubrat Pulev, David Haye versus Tomas Adamek.  Tyson Fury against Wladimir Klitschko.

  9. the thresher 07:04pm, 12/19/2012


  10. Meinhard Schmidt 04:39pm, 12/19/2012

    of course i will ted!

  11. the thresher 04:30pm, 12/19/2012

    Meinhard Schmidt, how nice to see you on here my great friend from Germany. Now stick around for a while. Ja Ja ser gut!

  12. Meinhard Schmidt 03:12pm, 12/19/2012

    i had high hopes for povetkin when he started out his professional carreer. fast hands, a clean soviet-style technique, willingness to fight anyone were his trademark…. look at his first ten pro-fights, he was matched up pretty tough and fast… . i hope he can turn things around, now with tzyu in his corner! As for Klitschko´s manager, Boente - he is a scumbag, everyone in germany knows that! he is a disgrace to boxing like kalle sauerland… never put a foot in the ring, knowing basically nothing about the sport and instead calling tough guys (boxers) bums and all that.

  13. the thresher 11:43am, 12/19/2012

    Povetkin´s promoter Kalle Sauerland said: “We are very excited that Povetkin will be Wladimir Klitschko´s next opponent. We consider Wladimir Klitschko to be a great champion but we also consider Alexander Povetkin to be a very serious challenger. A fight between two Olympic Heavyweight Champions is always something special and one that will turn out to be a real treat for boxing fans all over the world.”

  14. the thresher 10:44am, 12/19/2012

    I quite agree. Just getting a shot at Klit (or Mayweather for that matter) is all many of these guys want. It’s about money and retirement and who can blame them?

  15. Luke 10:08am, 12/19/2012

    Is Bernd Boente the WBA president?
    If Wlad refuses to fight, he will lose the WBA title, period.
    I think that Bernd Boente has some kind of mental retardation.

  16. bikermike 09:20am, 12/19/2012

    Not enough exposure by the ‘contenders’ to the fight fan base.

    Used to be…cupla contenders would show up on the undercard of a major event…like the recent Pac/Marquez match…....instead…we got boxing’s version of cure for insomnia….with THREE ..twelve round sleep fests….disguised as Title fights.

    I don’t think many North American promoters are into the HW scene….due to the poor caliber of North American HW…..or even if they were good fighters…they get so little exposure.
    Seems ...since the Klitschko lads ....the goal seems to be to get a Title shot….not to win the Title.
    Tell me I’m lie’n

    BTW…Merry Christmas fight fans….it is the fight fans that keep Boxing alive….so we are small in number ...but great in heart

  17. the thersher 07:50am, 12/19/2012

    Very interesting, Dan. You mean Tony Thompson but he is just about as old as Tony Tucker. LMFAO!!!!!!! I used to like Haye, but now I say f—k him, because he doesn’t fight enough to be a real warrior. However, he does get the biggest bang for the buck much like Mayweather does. Wilder will KO Seth in the first round. Arreola-Helenius is a very intriguing match-up. Lots of blubber in that one.

    Re Fury, no comment because I just don’t know enough about him.

  18. Dan Adams 07:41am, 12/19/2012

    And what about David “El Nino” Rodriguez, you may ask (highly doubt it, but who knows?), I think he’s still waiting, just itching for the chance to fight Ike Ibeabuchi once he gets out of prison.  Not!

  19. Dan Adams 07:38am, 12/19/2012

    Absolutely right, Ted; Povetkin needs to sh#t or get off the pot, as they say.  Personally I’d like to see the following heavyweight match-ups to help clarify things:  Deontay Wilder vs. Seth Mitchell; Chris Arreola vs. Robert Helenius.  Tyson Fury - Vitali Klitscho very much appeals to me (if Vitali fights again) and how about David Haye vs. Povetkin?  David Price has signed to fight Tony Tucker, which is a nice progression for Price.  After the smoke clears above, Wladimir can pick-and-choose from any of the winners.  My choices to win the above-mentioned match-ups?  Wilder; Arreola; Fury (in a big upset), and Haye.  Just my opinion.

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