Report/photos by Przemek Garczarczyk from Moscow
Countless TV cameras, many doing live coverage of the event. Almost 300 accredited reporters – it was an unbelievable scene in Moscow’s “Mary Jane” restaurant. With 56 days to the fight, for just an initial press conference between two heavyweight champions and two Olympic champions – Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO) from Ukraine and Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO) from Russia – everybody wanted to be part of the scene before what looks like will be a historic fight on October 5 at Olympic Area in Moscow.
“This is a worldwide event, with more than 150 countries broadcasting my fight with Povetkin live. There’s already something special in the air. We are both Olympic champions. We are both world champions – this already makes this fight something special. I’m sure that it will be very entertaining but also a technical fight. I’m not taking Alexander lightly, but I’m also not overestimating his skills” – said very relaxed and confident Klitschko, who later spoke with Fightnews.com.
“I know what I have to do to win this fight. I know what my strengths are. But I want to show my skills in the ring – not talk about them now” – said Povetkin, who arrived in Moscow from his strength and conditioning training in Kyrgyzstan, and was also brimming with quiet confidence and determination.
“I wanted to do the best possible boxing event in the world. Event without a clear favorite, when nobody knows who will be the winner. Of course, I wanted to do this in Russia, in Moscow. I’m very happy that I succeeded. Only when this great event on October 5 will be over, I will think about another great, world class boxing challenge. I’m only interested in the hard, tough tasks,”said event promoter and organizer, Russian businessman Andrey Ryabinsky.
Ticket sales for Klitschko-Povetkin will start in the coming days, with organizers expecting a crowd of more than 30,000 boxing fans from all over the world.