Undefeated 2004 Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15
KOs) faces the biggest challenge of his life on Saturday night when he
challenges Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBA
Heavyweight Title in Erfurt, Germany. Boxing-online.com has caught up
with the 31-year-old Russian.
Q: Alexander, the big day is almost here, how are you feeling?
AP: “Very good. I am looking forward to the fight and the crowd in Erfurt.”
Q: Is that because you only have the best of memories of Erfurt?
AP: “Yes. Four years ago, I defeated Chris Byrd over there. The support
from the crowd was fantastic. I will never forget that.”
Q: You will be facing Ruslan Chagaev. What do you think of him?
AP: “He is a great boxer and very experienced. He has won almost all of
his fights and has already been world champion. And he is a fair
sportsman. That is something I like. I have a lot of respect for him.”
Q: In today´s boxing world, it´s rather uncommon that somebody speaks
nicely of his opponent…
AP: “No, not at all. I think that´s the way it should be. And don´t
forget that Ruslan Chagaev handed Nikolai Valuev his first-ever loss. At
that time Valuev seemed to be superior. It shows that Chagaev has a big
heart and a lot of talent.”
Q: During the kick-off press conference, the journalists applauded when
your co-manager Vlad Hrunov spoke about the mutual respect you and
Chagaev shared for each other. What do you think about that?
AP: “I think that´s normal. After all, we are role models for a lot of
young people. The sporting aspects should always be more important than
Q: But you will not exchange niceties when you meet in the ring?
AP: “No, of course we won´t. When we are in the ring, all that matters
is the victory. We are both very keen to win.”
Q: How do you rate your chances?
AP: “It will be a tough fight between two opponents on the same level. I
hope I will win. I have trained very hard. It will be an exciting fight
which could go the distance but could also end early. We both have the
power to knock each other out.”
Q: How has the preparation been going? You look very sharp.
AP: “I started with a lot of strength and conditioning training. In
mid-June I was in Redbank, New Jersey to start preparing for this fight.
I then did the sparring in my home city of Chekhov. Everything went
according to plan.”
Q: Is has not always been like that. You had the chance to fight
Wladimir Klitschko twice, but fight never materialized. What happened?
AP: “Before the first fight I tumbled over a tree root during the
preparation and had to pull out due to injury. The second time we could
not agree on the contracts. I also lost my father. That was a low of
which I had to get out of.”
Q: Do you rue the missed chances?
AP: “No, maybe it was meant to be like this. I have put it behind me and
only look ahead now. All that matters is the fight against Chagaev.”
Q: And then Klitschko? A victory would make you the champion, and with
Wladimir being the WBA`s Super Champion, he at some point will have to
face the regular champion…
AP: “I very much hope so. It would be my dream to fight against Wladimir
Klitschko. But first things first. I need to beat Chagaev before making
any future plans.”
The fight is live on German satellite station ARD for those of you with access here in the UK.
Comments are closed.