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Klitschko has gotten his hands on just about every contender to date...except one.
This should have happened by now, right?
Starting way back in 2007, Alexander Povetkin strung three pretty impressive wins together over title contenders Larry Donald, Chris Byrd and Eddie Chambers, earning a 2008 world title shot against reigning heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko.
Inexplicably, Povetkin declined the opportunity to fight for the world title, as well as earn his largest payday to date, because then-trainer Teddy Atlas did not believe he was ready.
Apparently, Povetkin wasn’t ready in 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012 either. During that time, he reeled off wins over mostly nondescript heavyweight competition, except for maybe a narrow decision victory of Ruslan Chagaev in 2011.
Still, via BoxingNews24, the fight was reportedly agreed to for October 5 in Moscow where world champion Klitschko will most assuredly hand the untested titlist his first professional loss. And it’s about time.