Exclusive: Povetkin talks Fury, Wilder and Joshua v Klitschko
Former world heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin returns to action this weekend in what many see as a routine fight against Andriy Rudenko in Russia.
The 37 year-old is eyeing an organisation ranking spot with a win over the rangy Ukrainian before moving on to some of the bigger names in the division later this year.
Current rulers Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are possible targets in the future, whilst ex-king Tyson Fury is also on the comeback trail following almost two years out of the ring.
Povetkin and Joshua have a mutual opponent in Wladimir Klitschko, the only man to put a dent in the Russian’s record, whilst ‘AJ’ defeated the veteran in a thrilling match-up last April.
Asked what he thought of the Wembley Stadium contest, Povetkin exclusively told World Boxing News: “I thought it was an interesting and impressive bout. Both Joshua and Klitchko were good in that fight.
“They pleased the crowd and after the knockdown Joshua summoned his strength and won.”
On whether Joshua or indeed Wilder were targets, the former WBA ‘regular’ title holder added: “They are strong boxers and have perfect records. I like Joshua as a fighter very much as well as Wilder.
“But you must not forget Klitschko who is still strong and there’s Tyson Fury, although I do not know whether he will be back. (If he would like to fight in future) Why not? I would not be surprised to hear if he wants to fight with me.”
A twice scheduled mandatory contest with Wilder fell apart due to injury and a disputed WBC Clean Boxing Program test, and Povetkin sees no problem with the pair attempting to reschedule their collision in the future.
“People say what happened to me but what happened to him? If there is a possibility to fight Wilder I shall accept it, why not?” he questioned before finishing his thoughts with a comment on the ongoing Tyson Fury situation.
“Tyson Fury is a very interesting boxer, he is an awkward opponent. In case there is ever a need to box him, I shall do it.
“I’m not sure if it can happen now are things are different. We have our own aim, Tyson has his own aim,” added Povetkin.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay