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Coach Banks says Klitschko on another level to Povetkin

Phil Jay 21/09/2013

Wladimir Klitschko’s trainer and professional heavyweight in his own right Johnathon Banks sees no route to victory for his fighter’s upcoming challenger Alexander Povetkin and believes the four-belt champion is in great shape for another successful night on October 5 in Russia.

Banks, who took over following the sad passing of the legendary Emanuel Steward, is back in coach mode following his rematch defeat to Seth Mitchell in June and looks to guide Klitschko to yet another W next month.

“Wladimir always looks good in training,” Banks told World Boxing News.

“He is true professional and is fully focused on his next defence. I feel that of course that like any heavyweight who can punch, Povetkin has a chance – but I can’t see him beating Wladimir because he is just on another level. Wladimir is at that elite level in his career and that is the level that very few fighters are able to reach.”

Plenty of challengers are lining up to tackle the 37 year-old WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO title holder who has looked unbeatable in recent years, and Banks could name few standout candidates to step up next and attempt to dethrone Wladimir and elder sibling Vitali.

“There are a few out there who could potentially challenge Wladimir,” said Banks. “British fighters David Haye and Tyson Fury of course are possibilities to face him in the future, along with others.

“But there is a long line of heavyweights that are waiting for a chance to fight either of the Klitschko brothers and not all will get their shot,” he added,

Klitschko and Povetkin collide at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, with all bar one of the world heavyweight championships on the line and some predicting the toughest fight for the formidable Ukrainian in some years.

Kursk-born Povetkin, 34, brings an impressive 26-0, 18 KO record with him, along with home advantage for the biggest test of his career and will look to become the first to defeat Klitschko since Lamon Brewster in 2004.