Provided The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion agrees to fight “The White Lion” Alexander Povetkin prior to July 31, the World Boxing Organization (WBA) will allow “Dr. Steelhammer” Wladimir Klitschko to batter another contender first.
"If that happens, the bout [against Povetkin] should be scheduled no later than July 31. Otherwise, an auction will be held among promoters on March 18 for the right to hold this fight," reads a statement posted on the official Web site of the WBA.
In a fitting tribute to late International Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Manny Steward, the 6-foot-6, 243 pound Klitschko (59-3, 51 KOs) savagely brutalized mammoth Polish fighter “The Viking” Mariusz Wach to earn a shutout unanimous decision triumph on November 10 at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Despite being utterly shellacked, the 32-year-old Wach (27-1, 15 KOs), who stands 6-foot-8 and possesses an 82 inch reach, managed to rock the indomitable Ukrainian with a powerful punch in the fifth and displayed surreal testicular fortitude to remain standing after enduring a horrible 36 minute beating.
The 36-year-old Klitschko has now managed to defend his belts on 14 straight occasions and continues his quest to overcome Joe Louis’ longstanding record of 25 successful defenses.
Conversely, the 33-year-old Povetkin (25-0, 17 KOs), a Russian who captured gold as a super heavyweight at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, last threw fists on September 29 when he overwhelmed Baltimore bruiser Hasim Rahman to record a second round TKO victory.
Despite Klitschko’s vast pedigree, somewhat surprisingly, Mike Cappiello, who won the New England super featherweight title in 1990 and finished his professional career with an impressive record of 33-6, believes the 1996 Olympic gold medalist can be upset at any time.
“Wladimir Klitschko can be beat,” said Cappiello, who once challenged for the flyweight crown and retired with an impressive mark of 33-6. “He is always fighting on the outside because he knows he doesn’t have a solid chin.”
Considering “Dr. Steelhammer,” who the WBA had ordered to fight Povetkin by February 24, has already been trumped on three instances, there is no question “Klitschko can be beat.”
Nevertheless, the talented Ukrainian, who has emerged victorious in 17 consecutive bouts since being TKO’d by Lamon Brewster in April 2004, will soon bruise some poor sap and then bloody “The White Lion” with surgical precision in June or July.
Wladimir Klitschko is the preeminent heavyweight today and he will continue dominating in the squared circle for many years to come.