On Friday, May 17, in Moscow, undefeated Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin will meet undefeated Polish prospect Andrzej Wawrzyk. The WBA is billing it as a world title fight, but for reasons I will discuss shortly, nobody who follows the sport closely really agrees with that.
Nevertheless, it is a very significant heavyweight fight. Povetkin would have to be reckoned as among the top five heavies in the world, and Wawrzyk is a popular young fighter in his native country. He has some potential and is overdue for a serious step up in competition.
This fight is a pretty big deal in Eastern Europe, though among North American boxing fans, interest in it will be considerably overshadowed by the junior welterweight showdown that occurs the next night in Atlantic City, N.J., between Lamont Peterson and Lucas Matthysse.
Still, for hardcore fans interested in the future of the heavyweight division, this one is worth at least a glance.