By Alexey Sukachev
Photo: Sovetskiy Sport
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The eighth of March is a special day, which is marked with a red color in Russian calendar and is celebrated as the International Women’s Day (IWD) in the country. Started as a political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, but primarily the states of former Soviet bloc, i.e. Eastern Europe. In Russia, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love to the women around them in a way somewhat similar to Mother’s Day and St. Valentine’s Day mixed together.
Russia’s top heavyweight prospect and this country’s only Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Alexander Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs) was selected as the most courageous male sportsman around by the leading Russian sporting media “Sovetskiy Sport” and was obliged with an honorable mission to congratulate all Russian women on the holiday.
“I wish to congratulate all women here in editorial office, all women of Russia, but in the first place my daughter Arina”, said Povetkin. “I still haven’t chosen her a present so there’s much work to be done”, added he laughingly. “I will also devote my future victories to Russian beauties, which are inspiring me to show the best boxing I am able to in the squared circle”.
Alexander was also asked about female boxing. “I’m ok with that. We are friends with the best Russian boxer and multi-champion Natascha Ragozina. Look at her – how gorgeous she is – and you’ll be the last person to realize she is a fighter. We have even used to spar a bit but it was more like a joke”.
IBF #1, WBO #4 and WBC #15 heavyweight Povetkin will be back into action on April 4 against fellow Olympian Jason Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) in a non-title ten-rounder at Burg-Waechter Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany.