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Russia’s Povetkin hopes ‘Dr Steelhammer’ Klitschko to retain titles

February 14, 2014, 19:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Wladimir Klitschko currently holds four out of five heavyweight champion titles
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MOSCOW, February 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s heavyweight boxer Alexander Povetkin said on Friday he hoped that Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine would win his title defense bout in April and retain his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion belts.

Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) is scheduled to square off with WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai of Australia (30-4, 24 KOs, 3 draws) on April 26 in Germany’s Oberhausen.

“To tell you the truth I do not even know who Leapai is,” Povetkin said in an interview with Itar-Tass. “I have never seen him. Anyway I will be cheering for Klitschko. He is presently the strongest and the best heavyweighter.”

“I want him to defend his titles,” Povetkin (26-1, 18 KOs) said. “I want this also because it leaves a chance for me to challenge him once again in the title defense bout.”

Klitschko, who is celebrating his 38th birthday next month, last fought his title defense bout in October of 2013 in Moscow, where he defeated Russia’s WBA mandatory Povetkin. Leapai became the WBO mandatory challenger following last November’s victory over previous mandatory and then-undefeated Denis Boytsov of Russia.

Wladimir currently holds four out of five heavyweight champion titles. The WBC champion belt belonged to his elder brother Vitali Klitschko, but the title became vacant after Vitali, nicknamed as ‘Dr. Ironfist,’ announced in December that he quit professional boxing to concentrate on political career in Ukraine.

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