• WBA Heavyweight

Klitschko to fight Povetkin in October

ESPN staff
August 12, 2013
Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin pose for a photo after their news conference © AP

WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will face Alexander Povetkin in Moscow on October 5.

The pair were due to have met three years ago but the contract for the fight never materialised.

The title became vacant when Klitschko was elevated to super champion status in 2011. Povetkin, 33, beat Ruslan Chagaev to claim the vacant title later that year before victory over Hasim Rahman in 2012 saw him become the mandatory challenger to Klitschko.

"We could have met earlier," Klitschko said. "He hasn't lost a fight and in no case will I underestimate him."

Povetkin's record stands at 26-0 and he has made four defences of the title.

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