It’s hard not to be fond of Alexander Povetkin, the aspiring young contender from Russia, and his ambitious matchmaker. After just 13 bouts he’s signed to fight two- time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd in a crossroads bout that pitches the fresh faced puncher against the cunning old fox.
In an era of over-pampered prospects and in a division of moribund 30 and 40 something’s; Povetkin, his left hook and bucket of impatience, is a welcome ray of sunshine on another wise gloomy landscape. If, and despite Byrd’s ageing legs it remains if rather than when, Povetkin succeeds he will then face the winner of Eddie Chambers and Calvin Brock in the final of an IBF elimination tournament.
Wladimir Klitschko is the prize, and one Povetkin is eager to get to despite the champion’s repute and glowing form. Heavyweight boxing needs more fighters like Alexander Povetkin; fighters that walk the walk, as well as they talk the talk.