By Przemek Garczarczyk
Reigning WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion from Ukraine, Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) was full of respect for undefeated Russian Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs) during media workout in Moscow. “I think that Stacy McKinley, former Mike Tyson coach, tried anything possible to make Povetkin look like Tyson, punch like Tyson. Povetkin has been a fan of Mike Tyson. He said to me that he watched Tyson fights to copy his movements with his style and size and reach. This style is good for him, especially in this fight, but we will see how it’s going to be on Saturday night,” – said “Dr Steelhammer.” Klitschko and Povetkin clash Saturday at the Olympic Sportcomplex in Moscow. The event is organized by Andrey Ryabinsky, CEO of MIC Group of Companies, and will be broadcast live (3:30 PM EST) and re-broadcasted the same day (9:45 PM EST) by HBO.
After watching your workout today, it seems that this is a regular fight for you. Yes, you try to show the public that this is the fight of the decade but for us it looks like the normal procedure. Also, you are an experienced boxer and you made history in boxing and you train always in the same patterns, at the same place with the same trainer. Povetkin had in his last 5 fights four different coaches. Do you think that this could be the key minus point for Povetkin?
Good Evening Moscow, Russia. I am very happy to be here in Moscow not just on vacation but as a sportsman who will defend my unified titles. This is probably the answer why I trained the same way. This is my 63rd fight and this one will happen in Moscow. Vitali fought here last year against Charr. After that bout last year, I wanted to fight here too; in the same arena and finally my dreams will come true. On Saturday, October 5 we will all meet there, people will be watching us on TV. I’m happy for everyone who will attend this event. In Russia, I never felt as a foreigner, so I will be happy for anyone, no matter whom they will support. This will be an evening of sport – two Olympic champions will meet in the professional ring, this doesn’t happens often. About my preparation: it was a lot of training sessions. I heard that in Povetkin’s training camp there were new people – I want to congratulate Povetkin for the choice of Stacy McKinnley. I wish him luck. For everybody in the arena, it will be an unforgettable event.
I am glad to see you here, in Russia. You have a big fan base in Russia; many people came here to watch your workout. What can you recommend to young Russian boxers, trainers?
I want to use this time to congratulate organizer of this fight – this is truly a huge event. On Saturday, all the fans will profit. Those, who support their hero but also those who will be in the arena. It will be a motivation to do something with their life, especially reach their goals in sports or education. Such a big boxing show never happened in Moscow. I expect all the young people will watch our fight, not only in Russia or Ukraine but also around the world. The fight will be broadcasted in 150 countries and this is why boxing will win.
You presented for the media how very fit, sharp, mobile and quick you are. How would you judge Povetkin’s workout?
I was ringside watching Alexander’s workout and obviously he didn’t show a lot – he’s probably having his own plan; he wants to give me some surprises. I think that Stacy McKinley, former Mike Tyson coach, tried anything possible to make Povetkin look like Tyson, punch like Tyson. I think it’s difficult to make all these in things in a couple of weeks but Povetkin has been a fan of Mike Tyson. He said to me that he watched Tyson fights to copy his movements with his style and size and length of arms. I think that this style is good for him, especially in this fight, but we will see how it’s going to be on Saturday night.
Many people think that in this fight we won’t see a KO but a UD because, from your perspective, it won’t be diplomatic to finish (Povetkin) very early, within five rounds. You will have so much confidence that you won’t be keen to force the stoppage against Povetkin because it won’t satisfy the Russian fans who support him. Is it really so?
It’s not true because you can’t underestimate Povetkin. He is former amateur European, world and Olympic champion. He never lost a fight as a professional, he was never dropped and he dominated all his fights. I think that this fight will be difficult for both of us. We both have a chance and I have a lot of respect for Alexander. Of course, I won’t overestimate him either. I will do everything to win. No predictions. In boxing anything can happen.
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Thanks to Andrej for your help.