Wladimir Klitschko coach and heavyweight contender Jonathon Banks believes that the recent $23.2million bid to stage a world title unification between his fighter and Alexander Povetkin is a direct move to stage the fight in Russia.
Banks, who took over from the late great Manny Steward as the head of Klitschko’s corner, admits he was surprised by the massive amount on offer from Vlad Hyrunov and is now intrigued to see how the organisation of the contest develops.
“By putting this money forward it sounds like they really want to control the fight and get those titles by any means,” Banks told World Boxing News.
“I think it is realistic to think the fight will now happen, but Povetkin has a pretty tough fight in front of him against Wawrzyk so we shall see what will happen.”
Povetkin and Wawrzyk clash this Friday night at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, knowing full well that the winner is in pole position to challenge the formidable four-belt champion towards the end of the year.
Klitschko, 37, has looked unbeatable in recent times as all who have been put before him have been swept aside, with the Ukrainian standing to gain a career-best $17million plus purse if Povetkin comes through unscathed.