The WBA regular heavyweight champion Aleksandr Povetkin says he is ready to take on heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko.
The Russian is undefeated in 25 bouts after victory over Hasim Rahman at the weekend. He now wants a showdown with Klitschko in February or March next year.
However, before that can happen the Ukrainian, who holds four heavyweight titles, needs to beat Pole Mariusz Vach in November, with the Klitschko camp saying any following fight would not be before July.
Whatever the date Povetkin insists he will be ready for the superfight.
“I feel easy,” the ‘Russian Knight’ commented on the possible encounter with the younger Klitschko at a news-conference following his bout with Rahman. “I know my friends and my coach [former undisputed light welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu] believe in me. Their support helps me a lot. I become more a more confident in my victory.”
The 33 year old was supposed to challenge Wladimir Klitschko on 13 December 2008, but had to withdraw from the fight due to an injury. However, the IBF announced that Klitschko could still have until 13 September 2009 to fight Povetkin; an option that was not exercised.
Povetkin currently holds the WBA regular belt, a title he won on 27 August 2011 by defeating former champion Ruslan Chagaev in a bout to fill the vacancy caused, when the WBA decided to promote its then-champion Wladimir Klitschko to "super champion" status.