Story and photos Przemek Garczarczyk
Three days before his heavyweight title showdown with IBF/WBO/IBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko at Moscow’s Olympic Sportkomplex, unbeaten Alexander Povetkin worked out for the media at “DR Loder” Fitness Club and then answered reporters’ questions. This was, for both fighters, the last public appearance before Friday’s weigh in. Here’s what the “Russian Knight” said today:
In recent days we didn’t hear anything from you anything in the media. It’s said that you refuse to be distracted by the media, especially in such big events.
Yes, I was fully focused on the preparation for this fight. I don’t like to be distracted and today I am here to meet the media and to do the public workout. I appreciate anybody who supports me and I’m glad that my supporters are here.
What music are you listening to during training?
Nikolay Yemelianov (his entrance song called “Rus” [Russian] is by Yemelianov)
What will be your game plan be to beat Klitschko on Saturday?
I’m just preparing for the fight. I could talk trash now but I refuse to do it. Everthing will be revealed on October 5th.
This will be your first big fight and also in your home country. Do you feel big pressure or it motivate you to fight at home? Tell us something about your team: Who prepared you for this fight?
You know, there is always pressure but I think that (the fact that) fight will take place at home will help me. I worked like usual – with my trainer who is Alexander Vasilyevich Zimin and I think that I’m prepared well.
If the plans A, B and C won’t work, will Alexander Povetkin do something special?
You will be watching this all on October 5th. I repeat once again why should I talk trash now? You can say anything before the fight, but it won’t matter during the fight.
There were rumors that you had to quickly lose weight, drain yourself – what is your weight at the moment?
Approximately 102 kg (224.8 lbs)
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Thanks to Andrej for your help.