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Russian boxer Povetkin: I’ve lost the fight to Klitschko, but I will win the war

October 09, 2013, 17:32 UTC+3
Povetkin shares his thoughts on the fight and hopes to meet Ukrainian opponent for another bout
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Photo ITAR-TASS/ Valeriy Sharifulin

Photo ITAR-TASS/ Valeriy Sharifulin

MOSCOW, October 9. (Itar-Tass) - Russian superheavyweight boxer Alexander Povetkin has expressed hope that he’ll be able to organize a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.

Alexander Povetkin has lost his fight for the world champion’s title to his Ukrainian opponent Wladimir Klitschko October 5. Klitschko won by points in a 12-round standoff: 119-104, 119-104, 119-104 in favor of the Ukrainian boxer.

Povetkin’s defeat has become the first in his professional career.

“My next fights will be with strong boxers,” Povetkin noted. “I think I’ll be able to achieve a rematch with Klitschko quickly. I will strive towards it. I’m not broken,” he said

“My goal was to ‘break’ Klitschko”

Povetkin admitted: “My goal was to break Klitschko. But Wladimir is not a ‘poppy seed cookie’, to easily crumble.” “Until the last second I wanted to meet land a punch on him, win the fight. I thought I’d be able to do it. I thought that just a little bit more and it would have happened. Wladimir’s fight had good tactics,” Povetkin noted, adding, “So I lost the battle. But I will win the war.”

Answering the question, what does he need to beat Klitschko, Povetkin replied: “Punch combinations of three to four hits are required. Generally I landed single punches. It’s not right. Well, I’ll train more. I’m not broken.” As far as his conditioning is concerned, Povetkin said he was adequately prepared. “I’m very glad the fight actually happened,” he emphasized.

“We will draw necessary conclusion and will progress,” the Russian fighter said. “There was no knockdown in round seven. I think that there was only one throughout the whole fight. But I guess the ref knows better. In round two Klitschko landed a left hook to my temple – I lost my footing the. Counting knockdowns because my opponent pushes me is incorrect.”

No appeal to be filed

The fight’s organizer, head of the promotion company World of Box Andrey Ryabinskiy said: “Yes, the ref’s actions were sub-par, to put it lightly. But we will not file an appeal. The fight happened. Wladimir has proven to be stronger. We discussed it with Alexander.” He explained that appealing to the referee’s decisions now would look unbecoming.

Financial results are satisfactory 

“I won’t say how much we have earned. But even now it’s obvious that the fight paid off,” Ryabinsiy said. “I’m glad.  I found organizing it exciting. The fact that we broke even is suitable. We’ve made an awesome spectacle. Although there were some weak points and we’ll work on them in future.”

The promoter added that Klitschko’s team was left satisfied with the fight’s organization. 

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