The WBA/WBO/IBO/IBF heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko, 60-3, 51 KO’s, is ready to defend against the paper champion, WBA “regular” title holder, Alexander Povetkin, 26-0, 18 KO’s, on October 5th, but there is a current dispute about drug testing and doping that is putting this fight into serious jeopardy.
Wlad wants all tests evaluated by the National Anti-Doping Agency in Cologne, Germany. If this does not happen, there will not be a fight, according to the defending champ.
In a recent fight, Mariusz Wach, tested positive for illegal performance enhancing drugs, and Wlad wants to make sure that the playing field is level as he takes on Povetkin, a heavyweight that has been in his crosshairs for quite some time. Povetkin opted out of his first opportunity under the guidance of then trainer, Teddy Atlas, because he was not ready. It could be argued that no amount of time will prepare him for this encounter.
Despite Povetkin’s distinction as a “champion,” he isn’t much of a threat to Wlad. He takes too many punches, isn’t incredibly active, and isn’t incredibly powerful. He has beaten up an elderly Hasim Rahman and a mediocrity in Andrzej Wawrzyk, but he has never really beaten a top contender. He eked by Marco Huck and beat fringe contender Cedric Boswell, but he hasn’t beaten anyone that make him a worthy champion. Wlad is a huge step up and should the fight happen, it won’t be pretty. Wlad is fighting at the top of his game and has power in both hands. I would be surprised if we got into the second round.