Klitschko (60-3, 52 KOs) is slated to defend The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts against Alexander Povetkin on October 5 at the SC Olimpiyskiy arena in Moscow.
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, the 33-year-old Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs) last vacated the ring on May 17 after flooring Andrzej Wawrzyk in the third round.
“As an amateur, Alexander Povetkin was a World and Olympic champion,” said Klitschko, 37. “He has not lost a fight in his career and has never been on the canvas. He is the best opponent I’ve ever had….My goal is to win the fight by KO.”
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.
As the third longest reigning king in heavyweight history, Klitschko truly is a prizefighter for the ages.
Accordingly, in an utter mismatch, expect Wladimir Klitschko to “win the fight by KO” roughly two weeks from tonight.