Povetkin: Purse bid meant Klitschko had no way out!
WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin has no fears approaching the biggest fight of career on October 5 in Moscow and told WBN that he always envisaged the contest going ahead once the purse bid was tabled.
Promoter Vlad Hrunov laid down a whopping figure of $23million plus to stage the unification fight with IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO title holder Wladimir Klitschko and the top division is now set to find out who is the undisputed king next month.
“I know that I will meet the most powerful heavyweight inside the ring on October 5 and I’m not thinking about anything else but this fight,” Povetkin stated to World Boxing News this week.
“I always believed that we would fight some day. In addition, with the result of the purse bid I knew that Klitschko would not refuse to let it happen.”
The huge cheque on offer for the fearsome boxers gave the clash at the Olympic Stadium a new edge once the complicated negotiations were ironed out, but Povetkin believes talk of the earnings will not have an affect on the fight come the first bell
“Honestly, I do not care (about the purses). Everything I care about is to get my hands raised after the fight,” said Povektin.
On the question of whether fighting at home could give Povetkin extra pressure on the night, the Russian explained that he will be able to fully concentrate on ending Klitschko’s dominant reign and use the fans to his advantage.
I know being at home is different for every boxer and a lot of them fold under the pressure to succeed because they feel responsible to deliver a perfect performance,” he explained.
“In contrary for me, I’m one of those fighters who can soak up the atmosphere and that gives me a push.
“I believe every boxer will eventually find his match and that includes Klitschko. My team and I have a strategy on our mind that we are trying to implement in my training regime. However, it’s difficult to tell you how I will do it. You have to witness it yourself on October 5.
“I will never imagine an ending to a fight before it has been fought. The only thing I know is that I will step into the ring to win and will do everything possible to make this happen,” added the world title holder.