After a recent victory over Hasim Rahman (50-8-2), Alexander Povetkin (25-0-0) is ready and eager to get inside the ring against Wladimir Klitschko (58-3-0). Recently, Povetkin’s trainer and former world champion Kostya Tszyu (31-2-0) made a statement regarding the potential of that fight, stating that he believes that Povetkin can do to Wladimir what he did to Hasim:
“Many people believe that Povetkin will lose to Wladimir Klitschko. Let them believe it if they wish. It gives us a certain tactical advantage. I have ideas that I presented to Alexander. At some point, we will sit down together and discuss all the details of our plan. Meanwhile, I need to sit down and re-watch Wladimir’s numerous fights. Honestly, I would not be here and I would not waste any of my own time, nor would Alexander, if I did not believe that Povetkin can beat Wladimir. I am sure that in the fight against Wladimir, we can beat him in the same fashion as we did Rahman,” stated what confident Tszyu.
I have all the respect in the world for Tszyu, and I wish he hadn’t left boxing so soon after losing to Ricky Hatton, but his statement regarding his pupil Povetkin and his future possible opponent Klitschko is not only naïve, but is also certainly disrespectful. The last time Wladimir fell to such an outcome was long ago against Corrie Sanders (my he rest in peace). Since then, Wladimir became a much more polished and experienced fighter, and I would be surprised if Povetkin is able to dictate the fight even for a few rounds in their fight.
Povetkin is a great fighter no doubt, and Tszyu has done some good work with him, but Wladimir is not Rahman by nay means, and if they believe they can achieve the same outcome, I feel sorry for Povetkin already. Can Povetkin get away from Wladimir’s jab? Can he take Wladimir’s thundering right hand? The answer is a very shaky and uncertain, maybe.
If their fight ever comes to fruition, I think that Povetkin and Tszyu will have to find a completely different approach, as currently, stylistically, Alexander is a perfect opponent for Wladimir’s jab-right combination.