The long-awaited duel takes place on May 21 in Moscow following months of talks.
To get perfectly adjusted to sharing the ring with undefeated Wilder, Povetkin and his team have flown in powerful support from Hamburg. ECB heavyweight Adrian Granat has been training and sparring with Povetkin for his date with the WBC champion.
“Povetkin’s team know why they have invited Adrian,” says promoter Erol Ceylan. “He is tall, extremely fast and can hit just as hard as Wilder. Although he is still very young, he has held his own in sparring with Povetkin.
Even though it has been competitive, the interaction with each other was always very respectful. For Adrian, this is super experience that he gets from all sides along with plenty of praise and much recognition.”
At 2.03 meters, Granat is two centimeters taller than Wilder and therefore the ideal partner for Povetkin to prepare. Born in Sweden, Granat has found a second home in Hamburg with EC Boxing and is scheduled to fight again on June 4 in Kassel.
The opponent will be Saul Farah from Bolivia as Granat aims to make it 13 wins from 13 bouts.