By Przemek Garczarczyk
Moscow’s “Olympic Stadium,” built for 1980 Summer Olympics, will absolutely live up to its name on October 5 when Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO), when the Olympic gold medalist from Atlanta (1996) and Russia’s own Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO), the Olympic gold medalist from Athens (2004), will compete not for the highest amateur honor but for “Dr Steelhammer’s” WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight professional world championships belts. 14,000 tickets for the event, ranging from 1900 rubles (around $57) up to 150,000 rubles (more than $4,500) went on sale today.
There was no doubt that after the record breaking media attendance at last week’s initial Klitschko-Povetkin press conference, that fans from all over the world want to see the best in the heavyweight division live at the indoor stadium, known in Moscow as “Olimpiyskiy.”
“Normally, we Russians cheer for Ukrainians when they compete in sporting events, but this day the whole Russia will cheer only for Alexander. This fight means a lot for the whole country,” – said one of the young Russian fans, who spoke to me when I visited this imposing venue. Olympic Stadium, located not far from center of the city, is not a stranger for big, international names from Paul McCartney to Madonna and it’s still home for one of the most prestigious tennis events – the Kremlin Cup, part of the ATP Tour. Klitschko-Povetkin “The Fight of the Decade” world championship event is organized by “MIC” Group of Companies and “Rosneft” OJSC Oil Company and will be broadcast live and on a tape-delay basis by HBO.