Povetkin to face Larry Donald


Povetkin to face Larry Donald


Up-and-coming heavyweight star Alexander Povetkin will face the biggest challenge of his career on June 30 when he takes on Larry Donald in Moscow. After winning all 12 of his professional bouts, the 2004 Olympic gold medal winner is ready to take the next step. "He has done incredibly well as a professional boxer and has even succeeded our expectations," manager Wilfried Sauerland lauded. "If he beats Larry Donald, he could move into the top ten of the rankings."

Together with his coach Valery Belov, Povetkin is shaping up in Tschechow, a suburb of Moscow. He was originally scheduled to take on Monte Barrett, but after the American pulled out on short notice, Donald has been lined up for the clash. "I am looking forward to fighting such a strong opponent in front of my home fans," the 27-year-old said. "Larry Donald is an exceptional boxer. I am highly motivated and in great shape. I am sure it will be an interesting fight."

Povetkin last destroyed Canada´s Patrice L´Heureux inside two rounds to clinch his 10th KO in 12 fights. Two months before, David Bostice had met a similar fate. As a former world and European amateur champion, Povetkin is used to success, though. "I have won everything as an amateur," he stated. "Now I want to continue my success on a professional level." And Wilfried Sauerland added: "He was the most sought-after amateur boxer of the world and we all were very happy when he joined us."

Povetkin knows he will be in for a tough fight against Larry "The Legend" Donald, who boasts a record of 42 wins (24 KOs), 4 losses and 3 draws. He has beaten the likes of Evander Holyfield, Ross Puritty and James Stanton but dropped a WBA eliminator against Nikolay Valuev back in October 2005 - his last fight to date.

Povetkin is eager to achieve what Donald never accomplished, and that is winning the heavyweight title. A win over the experienced American would put him in line for the big fights. "I will make the most of it," he promised.