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Klitschko and Povetkin obliged to fight by the spring

Published time: October 31, 2012 10:05
Edited time: October 31, 2012 14:19
WBA 'regular' champion, Aleksandr Povetkin of Russia (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Pesnya)

WBA 'regular' champion, Aleksandr Povetkin of Russia (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Pesnya)

The World Boxing Association has set a deadline for a bout between heavyweight Super Champion, Wladimir Klitschko, and WBA ‘regular’ title holder, Aleksandr Povetkin. The boxers are to step into the ring before February 27, 2013.

­The announcement was made at the WBA’s congress, which is currently taking place in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

The Association’s Vice-President, Gilberto Mendoza, said the bout against Mariusz Wach of Poland on November 10 will be the younger Klitschko’s last before taking on the Russian opponent.

Povetkin has become the ‘regular’ champion by beating Uzbek fighter Ruslan Chagaev on points in August last year.

The title was put on the line after Wladimir Klitschko defeated archrival and WBA champ, David Haye, to be named the Association’s Super Champion.

The Russian Knight has defended his belt three times since then, beating Americans Cedric Boswell and Hasim Rahman as well as Marco Huck of Germany.

But many fans and experts refuse to call the undefeated 33-year-old a real champion, until he proves himself against Wladimir.

The 36-year-old Ukrainian is a dominant force in the heavyweight division, owning the IBF and WBO titles, besides the WBA Super Championship.