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Klitschko-Povetkin set for Oct. 5
Wladimir Klitschko will be after his 19th consecutive win on Oct. 5 against unbeaten Alex Povetkin in a clash of Olympic gold medalists.
RING IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will puruse his 19th consecutive victory and his 14th stoppage win during that run on Oct. 5 against unbeaten Alexander Povetkin in a clash of Olympic gold medal winners in Moscow. The deal was announced Tuesday on the Klitschko Management Group website.
"I'm very happy that this fight is finally made. The fans around the world are looking forward to this extravaganza between two Olympic champions," said Klitschko, 37, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist for Ukraine.
In April, Russian promoter Vladimir Hryunov bid $23,333,330 toward the bout between Klitschko (60-3, 52 KOs) and Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs), a 33-year-old winner of Olympic gold for Russia in 2004.
The bid made by Hryunov, who is an advisor to Povetkin, far surpassed those of K2 Promotions and Sauerland Event ($7.1 million and $6.01 million, respectively). The minimum required bid was $1 million.
"I'd like to thank our Russian partners Andrej Ryabinsky and Vladimir Hrunov for putting together this great match-up. We had long and intense negotiations," said Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of the Klitschko Management Group.
Klitschko is coming off May's sixth-round knockout of previously unbeaten Francesco Pianeta, and Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs), a third-round stoppage of previously undefeated Andrzej Wawrzyk during the same month.
As the WBA's "super champion," Klitschko would receive a favorable 75-to-25 percent split of the purse, or $17,499,997 compared to $5,833,333. Both amounts would be career-highs for Klitschko and Povetkin.
"A lot of time and effort went into this, but now finer details have been dealt with, agreements are signed, and we are looking forward to October and the historic fight between these titans of boxing," said Ryabinsky.
In THE RING's ratings, Povetkin sits at No. 2, ranked only below champion Klitschko and his brother, No. 1-rated Vitali Klitschko.
"Strong title-holding opponents already means a lot," said Hrunov. "But we will have to wait until October to see who will end up victorious."
Neither Boente or Klitschko Management's Tom Loeffler could be reached for an immediate comment, but Loeffler said, during an earlier interview with RingTV.com, that HBO would likely land the fight.
"Apparently, Hryunov has some strong backing from Russia, so that's how he was able to put the bid together," said Loeffler. "I'm pretty sure that it will be on HBO. HBO has expressed interest in the fight, so that would make the most sense. Regular HBO."
Klitschko will be after his 15th defense, and if he is successful, will have been a titleholder for seven years, three
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