By Przemek Garczarczyk
There’s a near record setting $23 million purse for a heavyweight superfight between WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA regular champ Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KOs) later this year in Moscow. However, forgotten by many is the fact that this extravaganza will be possible only if Povetkin beats undefeated Polish fighter Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-0, 13 KOs) on May 17.
The 6’9 Wawrzyk has his owns ideas. “As an amateur, Povetkin won everything, he’s a very good fighter, world champion, but he’s not in a class of Klitschko brothers,” said Wawrzyk. “For the last 2-3 years everybody is hearing about Klitschko versus Povetkin but this fight just could not happen for one reason or another. My role is to make it deosn’t happen again by beating Povetkin in Moscow on May 17. I know that he would like to makes this a brawl and although my best tactics will be not to engage, use my movement and speed, if I have to trade punches, prove myself – I will. I’m not flying to Moscow thinking that I have to knock him out to win. I want to bring WBA belt to Poland, whichever way possible. All my friends, fighters from Ullrich Knockout Promotions will there with me. We will be ready to conquer Moscow,” said Wawrzyk.
His trainer, Fiodor Tapin is also confident that Wawrzyk will be able to “use his speed, movement and youth” to defeat Povetkin.