A gold medalist at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Klitschko (60-3, 52 KOs) most recently exited the squared circle on May 4 following an easy sixth round TKO victory over Italian Francesco Pianeta.
“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, currently ranked fourth in the pound-for-pound rankings. “This is the best fight in the heavyweight division and I’m thrilled that it will be staged in Moscow, where many Russian and Ukrainian fans have a chance to fill the arena. The atmosphere is going to be thrilling.”
Comparatively, the 33-year-old Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs) last vacated the ring on May 17 after rendering Andrzej Wawrzyk unconscious in the third round.
Even more impressively, “Dr. Steelhammer” has now managed to safeguard his titles 14 straight times and remains a threat to Joe Louis’ longstanding record of 25 defenses.
As the third longest reigning king in heavyweight history, Klitschko truly is a prizefighter for the ages.
Now “that this fight is finally made,” expect Wladimir Klitschko to knock Alexander Povetkin onto Queer Street within 11 lopsided rounds this autumn.by