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Klitschko Jr bets on Povetkin in Rahman bout

Published time: April 26, 2012 14:07
Edited time: April 26, 2012 18:07
Aleksandr Povetkin (RIA Novosti/Vitaly Belousov)

Aleksandr Povetkin (RIA Novosti/Vitaly Belousov)

The world’s top heavyweight, Wladimir Klitschko, says he’s going to be really upset if WBA regular champ, Alekdandr Povetkin, won’t win in his title bout against Hasim Rahman.

­“I’ll be surprised and disappointed [if Povetkin loses],” the younger of the Klitschko brothers told Segonya.ua. “After all, he’s is one of the contenders to fight me. I am the WBA super-champion, and he owns the ‘regular’ title. In general, the presence of several belts looks a bit strange. I became the champion of this organization only last July when I beat [David] Haye, so I myself can’t fully explain their rules. Probably, that’s the way they promote our future match.”

But, before taking on Povetkin, the Ukrainian has some other fights on the cards. The WBA, IBF and WBO champ is to defend his titles against mandatory challenger, Tony Thompson, of the US on June 7.

The 36-year-old Klitschko said he plans to face Chris Arreola or Seth Mitchell by the end of the year.

"I’m interested in Povetkin,” the champ stressed. “He has a good school and record in the ring,” His form in his last battle, with Huck surprised me unpleasantly, but anything can happen to a boxer."

Germany’s Marco Huck became a tough challenge for Povetkin back in February, with many doubting the referees decision to award victory to the Russian in that match. 

But still, Povetkin remains undefeated in the professional ring, having ended 16 out of his 24 bouts with a knockout.

The 32-year-old will put his WBA regular championship on the line in the match against Hasim Rahman of the US, scheduled for June 14.