By Przemek Garczarczyk
Russian businessman Andrey Ryabinsky, CEO of MIC Group of Companies and the man behind upcoming heavyweight clash between WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 52 KOs) and WBA “regular” champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs) talks about his plans after October 5 – including launching his own promotional company. Should Top Rank, Golden Boy, K2 Promotions, Sauerland Event, Frank Warren, Matchroom and Main Events, just to name a few, be taking a long, hard look at what’s going on in Moscow? “Many boxers have expressed desire to work with me as a promoter. I always speak and write frankly what I think. And at the same time, I realize that I’m not a 100-dollar bill to please absolutely everyone” – said Ryabinsky, instantly proving his words in an interview with ‘The Championnat.’
“I’ve already registered my own promotional company. It’ already here and it’s called “World Boxing,” said Ryabinsky. “Nobody will be signed before October 5. Klitschko-Povetkin is something very big I have to take care of, to finish strong. As a fan, I’m a Sasha (short for Alexander) supporter, but as a promoter, I’m first and foremost interested that everything will be done perfectly on October 5. Of course, we’re also talking about fighters I want to sign. It doesn’t matter if Povetkin wins or loses, I will start my promotional activities immediately after October 5.
“The fighters know what’s going on – there’s money, there are big plans, a perfect organization is in place. We can have events here in Russia, but also abroad. We have already established good connections in Europe, overseas; same with local, Russian promoters and TV stations.”
Ryabinsky also said that negotiating with HBO was a pleasant experience. “To be honest, Americans are generally very easy to communicate with and negotiate. As of now, we had no problems – those are businessmen who understand that all that matters is to find a compromise.”
When asked about possible signings, Ryabinsky wasn’t shy: “For now, I can mention names like Denis Lebedev, Grigory Drozd and Alexander Povetkin. I know that Sasha Povetkin has, of course, a valid contract with Sauerland Event and I’ve heard that this contract is supposed to end in the coming months. Let me say this: If Alexander decides to look somewhere else, if there is a possible option for him, I will gladly sit down with Povetkin and talk about maybe working together in the future.
“I really like him. He’s a great fighter, but also a genuinely good man. It’s a rarity today. Alexander is a man who does not know what fear is, and he’s a decent, Russian guy. I would like him to have a great future, and I would like to be part of this. Sasha is just one of a few boxers, who have chance to beat Volodya (short for Wladimir). This I know for sure, although I have to admit that Klitschko is a favorite in this bout.”