Friday 20 April 2018

Klitschko to face Povetkin for heavyweight crown in October

Mark Staniforth

Wladimir Klitschko will make his next world heavyweight title defence against Alexander Povetkin in Moscow on October 5, the champion's management group has confirmed.

The 37-year-old Klitschko eased to a sixth round stoppage win over Italy's Francesco Pianeta in Mannheim last month and had indicated his desire to take on the unbeaten Russian.


Povetkin, like Klitschko a former Olympic champion, boasts a record of 18 stoppage wins in 26 fights and is the current holder of the WBA's 'regular' heavyweight title.


Povetkin won the vacant title with a points win over Ruslan Chagaev in August 2011 and has made four subsequent defences, including a third round win over Andrzej Wawrzyk in Russia in May.


Despite dominating the heavyweight division alongside his brother for the best part of a decade, Klitschko has received some criticism for the perceived lack of quality of his opponents.


Klitschko is the current holder of the WBA and WBO 'super' titles and the IBF and IBO regular titles.

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