Late Breaking

Klitschko to Face Povetkin as Next Opponent – Immediate Negotiations Ordered by the WBA

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has instructed the promotional companies
Sauerland Event (SE) and Klitschko Management Group (KMG) to conduct
immediate negotiations for the fight between the current Heavyweight Super
Champion Wladimir Klitschko and Regular World Champion Alexander Povetkin.
The WBA has followed the rules of their writing originally sent to all
parties prior to the fight between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye. The
letter stated that the winner of the bout would be declared as Super
Champion and has to face the winner out of Ruslan Chagaev vs. Alexander
Povetkin within in a time period of 18 months after the fight which took
place on August 27, 2011. Klitschko vs. Povetkin is scheduled to take place
before February 26, 2013.

Povetkin´s promoter Kalle Sauerland said: “We are very excited that Povetkin
will be Wladimir Klitschko´s next opponent. We consider Wladimir Klitschko
to be a great champion but we also consider Alexander Povetkin to be a very
serious challenger. A fight between two Olympic Heavyweight Champions is
always something special and one that will turn out to be a real treat for
boxing fans all over the world.”

Chris Meyer, Managing Director of Sauerland Event, added: “We have a four
week period to negotiate terms on the fight and will be in contact with the
Klitschko management later on today. We worked together for many fights as
co-promoters of the Klitschkos. Therefore I am convinced that we will have a
professional dialogue. However, if we should not be able to reach a
voluntary agreement we are prepared to enter a purse bid.”