Povetkin: Now or Never
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!