The 37-year-old Klitschko (60-3, 52 KOs) will defend The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts against the 33-year-old Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs) Saturday at the SC Olimpiyskiy arena in Moscow.
“I really like (Alexander). He’s a great fighter, but also a genuinely good man. It’s a rarity today. Alexander is a man who does not know what fear is, and he’s a decent, Russian guy,” said Andrey Ryabinsky, the CEO of MIC Group of Companies. “I would like him to have a great future, and I would like to be part of this. Sasha (short for Alexander) is just one of a few boxers, who have chance to beat Volodya (short for Wladimir). This I know for sure, although I have to admit that Klitschko is a favorite in this bout.”
A gold medalist at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Klitschko most recently exited the squared circle in May following an easy sixth round TKO victory over Italian Francesco Pianeta.
Comparatively, Povetkin last vacated the ring on May 17 after flooring Andrzej Wawrzyk in the third round.
Currently ranked fourth in the pound-for-pound rankings, Hayden Panettiere’s boyfriend has emerged triumphant on 18 consecutive occasions since suffering a TKO at the hands of Lamon Brewster in April 2004.
Even more impressively, “Dr. Steelhammer” has now managed to safeguard his titles 14 straight times and remains a threat to Joe Louis’ longstanding record of 25 defenses.
Klitschko is the third longest reigning king in heavyweight history and a true prizefighter for the ages.
Povetkin may indeed “have a great future” in the sport.