By Przemek Garczarczyk
Current WBA regular heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KOs) of Russia is getting ready to return to the ring. One of the most exciting heavyweights in the division is in the middle of training camp and his fight is expected to take place in May. When and against whom is the bigger question, although in the last couple of days, the leading candidate has emerged as Poland’s 6’5 25-year-old Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-0, 13 KOs), ranked #7 by WBA. Fightnews.com spoke with Ivaylo Gotzev, boxing agent and Povetkin advisor, as well as Andrzej Wasilewski, who promotes Andrzej Wawrzyk.
Ivaylo Gotzev: “There’s no question that fighting Andrzej Wawrzyk will be a challenge for Alexander Povetkin. Wawrzyk is a big, young undefeated fighter, with 27 wins and a big zero in the losing column. He moves well for a big guy, and I can stake my reputation and my name on it: Wawrzyk is a better fighter than Francesco Pianeta, who will be fighting WBA super champion Wladimir Klitschko for Wladimir’s WBA, IBF and WBO championship belts. Alexander also never lost a battle in the ring; he has to fight, big tall guys, get ready for a championship challenge. And this is very important – Povetkin’s style is an exciting, fan-friendly entertaining style of boxing. I have no doubt, that the American audience would love to see him fight, and that definitively is our plan for the future. Of course, the decisive voice will belong to Alexander’s promoter, Sauerland Promotions, but he told me that fighting in United States is one of his top goals.”
Andrzej Wasilewski, Ulrich KnockOut Promotion: “I can confirm that Andrzej Wawrzyk is a very serious candidate to fight WBA champion Alexander Povetkin. But the WBA champion is not the only one who wants to test Wawrzyk’s skill. We have an offer from David Haye, to fight “Hayemaker” when he returns to the ring on June 29 in Manchester, England. David Haye’s offer is better, much better financially, but I presented both of them to my fighter – it will be Wawrzyk’s decision to make best choice for his career.”