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Quick Jabs: Russian promoter shells out big bucks for Wladimir Klitschko fight

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Wladimir Klitschko is expected to face Alexander Povetkin in August. (Nadine Rupp/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Wladimir Klitschko is expected to face Alexander Povetkin in August. (Nadine Rupp/Bongarts/Getty Images)

• In a shocker, Russian promoter Vladimir Hryunov won a purse bid for the right to promote Wladimir Klitschko’s future heavyweight title defense against Alexander Povetkin with a whopping $23.3 million bid, far more than K2 Promotions ($7.1 million) or Sauerland Event ($6.01 million) put up. Assuming both Klitschko and Povetkin make it through their upcoming bouts, the fight will take place August 31 in either Moscow, Berlin or Las Vegas. Under the terms of the bid, Klitschko would receive $17.5 million with Povetkin entitled to $5.8 million. As big as Hryunov’s bid was, it falls well short of the $32.1 million Las Vegas businessman Steve Wynn put up to secure the rights to Buster Douglas’s title defense against Evander Holyfield in 1990.

The obvious question: Can Hryunov come up with the cash? Occasionally, a promoter will come in and submit an outlandish bid for a fight, and then default. Don King has done it twice in the last year, first with a $1.1 million bid for the right to promote a heavyweight fight between Cris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne and later with a $1.5 million bid for Marco Huck and Ola Afolabi. King would default on both, losing the ten percent deposit he was required to put down. Sources involved with the bid told SI.com that Hryunov, who is being backed by a Russian-based businessman and real estate developer, will spend the next few weeks exploring ways to monetize the fight.

• Some numbers from a busy boxing weekend: Last Saturday’s Showtime-televised fight between Saul Alvarez and Austin Trout peaked at 734,000 households and 1.061 million viewers, a modest increase from the 1.031 viewers Alvarez attracted for his September fight with Josesito Lopez. Meanwhile Saturday afternoon’s fight on NBC, headlined by heavyweights Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham, did a strong overnight rating that translated to 1.2 million viewers. Expectations are that when the full numbers come in later in the week, peak viewership will exceed 1.8 million.

• I love Juan Manuel Marquez-Tim Bradley. Like most, I was surprised that Marquez didn’t take a fifth fight with Pacquiao. Despite all the rhetoric, I figured Marquez would go for the biggest check. But in fighting Bradley, Marquez can still cash a big check and give himself a chance at history by becoming the first Mexican to win titles in five weight classes. And if he beats Bradley — and Pacquiao gets past either Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios — a Pacquiao fight will still be there.

• I don’t think I’ve ever been less interested in a notable fight than this Saturday’s heavyweight bout between Deontay Wilder and Audley Harrison. It’s another absolute joke of a fight for Wilder, a 2008 bronze medalist whose résumé as a pro is pathetic.

• If Danny Garcia beats Zab Judah on Saturday, I think he becomes the favorite to face Floyd Mayweather in the fall. Mayweather clearly isn’t overly interested in facing Saul Alvarez; if he were, he would have agreed to face him already and fought together on the May 4th pay per view. I’ve been told that during negotiations with HBO and Showtime Mayweather’s representatives mentioned Garcia often as a possible opponent.

• Ishe Smith-Carlos Molina: The very definition of not-made-for-TV.

• Golden Boy’s ability to get Bernard Hopkins’ upcoming title defense against Karo Murat on premium television could get interesting. The fight stinks. Murat (25-0-1) is not a particularly big puncher and a complete unknown in the U.S. And everyone knows that at this stage of his career Hopkins (53-6-2) needs a certain type of opponent (Tavoris Cloud, Jean Pascal) to look impressive. I’m told Showtime is interested in showing the fight, but will require a strong co-main event to make it worth their while.

• There is still nothing to make me think that a fight between Nathan Cleverly and Bernard Hopkins will be anything but dull.

– Chris Mannix


  • Published On Apr 25, 2013
  • Quick Jabs: Gennady Golovkin’s next move, Seth Mitchell experiment probably over and more

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    Gennady Golovkin (above) will defend his middleweight title against an opponent to be determined on Jan. 19 in New York at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. (AP)

    Some quick jabs …

    • I’m told HBO is now considering two possible opponents for Gennady Golovkin’s Jan. 19 middleweight title defense: Fernando Guerrero, a one-time prospect who is represented by Al Haymon, and Gabriel Rosado, a rising junior middleweight who is currently the IBF’s mandatory challenger for Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage’s title. To me, the decision is an easy one: Guerrero — who beat Rosado in a controversial eight-round middleweight fight in 2009 — has done nothing recently to warrant this kind of opportunity. Rosado, meanwhile, beat three quality opponents in 2012, all on NBC Sports Network, all by knockout. Rosado is the definition of a television-friendly fighter. A matchup with Golovkin would be a war.

    • Super featherweight Teon Kennedy’s injury forced Main Events to find a new opponent for undefeated prospect Jerry Belmontes in the co-feature of the Dec. 8 card on NBC Sports Network. On Monday they announced that Eric Hunter (16-2) would step in. Hunter has been on the shelf for most of the last two years, fighting once (last July) since December of 2010.

    • Kudos to Seth Mitchell for accomplishing a lot in boxing despite not picking up the gloves until he was 24. But this experiment is probably over. You can’t teach a chin and in his last two fights Mitchell has been buzzed by Chazz Witherspoon and knocked out in two rounds by Johnathan Banks. There are things Mitchell can do to improve — he still has no idea how to hold when he gets hurt — but if light hitters like Witherspoon and Banks can wobble him, he’s a sitting duck for one of the Klitschko brothers.

    • Speaking of Banks: I’d like to see him face one more quality opponent before looking for a fight with Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko. A matchup with Tyson Fury, David Price or his preferred choice, Alexander Povetkin, next year could make Banks some money and, if he wins, give him some momentum heading into a major title fight.

    • I’m looking forward to Miguel Cotto-Austin Trout on Dec. 1 at Madison Square Garden, but that undercard is horrendous. Jayson Velez and Danny Jacobs — questionable choices for a televised undercard to begin with — will fight separately on Showtime’s broadcast in fights that do nothing for me. Velez (19-0) will face Salvador Sanchez II (30-4-3), nephew of Mexican legend Salvador Sanchez, while Jacobs (23-1), the former prospect and cancer survivor who will fight for the second time in three months, gets Chris Fitzpatrick (15-2).

    • I don’t know what has gotten into Carl Froch, but after another impressive knockout — this one over handpicked challenger Yusaf Mack — I just don’t know how Lucian Bute can beat him. Froch is just too strong.

    • Bring on Adrien Broner-Ricky Burns.

    • Thank you, Fred Sternburg, for sending out 400 emails letting everyone know that Manny Pacquiao gave away free turkeys last week. My overflowing inbox extends its regards.

    • Hey British promoter Frank Maloney: Your comment that Wladimir Klitschko would be happy not to have to pay Emanuel Steward his 10 percent after a one-sided win over Mariusz Wach last week was disgusting and classless. Steward, a longtime mentor and trainer for Klitschko, lost a battle with cancer last month. Maloney should be ashamed.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Nov 20, 2012
  • Rep for Wladimir Klitschko scoffs at $6.5 million offer from Marco Huck

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    Marco Huck (above) is stepping up his efforts in an ongoing campaign for a shot at reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. (AP)

    For the past few months, cruiserweight titleholder Marco Huck — who lost a competitive decision to Alexander Povetkin in February — has been campaigning for a shot at unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. On Thursday, Huck’s promoter, Sauerland Event, upped the ante, issuing a press release offering Klitschko five million Euros — roughly $6.5 million — for the fight.

    “Bernd Boente, Klitschko’s manager, has been talking to Marco directly about the possibility of fighting Klitschko,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “Now we have used the official channels to approach them with an offer. Of course, we are now expecting them to come up with a counter-offer. We are always willing to hold personal talks to discuss the terms for such a fight. Then we will see if they will actually put their money where their mouth is. We definitely want to make this fight happen.”

    According to Sauerland, if Huck (34-2), who will defend his title against Firat Arslan on Saturday, wins, he wants Klitschko to be his next opponent.

    In a telephone interview with SI.com, Boente scoffed at the offer.

    “The offer was ridiculous,” Boente said. “The offer to us would be a buyout. We would give up all rights. We have an exclusive deal with [European network] RTL to broadcast all Klitschko fights. They work with ARD. We have been working with RTL since 2006. It doesn’t matter if the offer was $100 million. We cannot breach that contract. They know that.”

    “[Sauerland] always does these things before a Huck fight because they know no one is interested in a Huck fight. They are trying to use the Klitschko’s for p.r. It was not a serious offer.”

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Nov 01, 2012
  • Quick jabs: Golovkin eyes return, Pacquiao-Marquez tix selling, more

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    Gennady Golovkin (above), one of the most intriguing and buzzed-about names in the middleweight division, will likely return to action on Dec. 8 in Europe. (AP)

    Some quick jabs …

    • I have to admit, I was bitterly disappointed when Golden Boy, on behalf of undefeated heavyweight and former Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder, turned down an offer to fight rising heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings last week. In case you missed it, Wilder and Jennings have been in a Twitter beef, during which Wilder called Jennings out. Jennings’ promoter, Main Events, responded by offering Wilder the slot opposite Jennings on its next NBC Sports Network show on Dec. 8. Yet Wilder’s team quickly shot it down, saying the money (likely around $25,000, though there was room for negotiation) wasn’t enough for that kind of fight.

    Now, I understand that a year from now, Wilder-Jennings could be a pretty big fight. But that’s only if both continue their respective ascents. The fact is, neither Wilder or Jennings has fought anyone notable and there is a strong possibility one or both will get beating which would take much of the shine off of a matchup (see: the vaporized Juan Manuel Lopez-Yuri Gamboa megafight). The winner of a showdown in December would take a big step in the heavyweight division, probably vaulting himself up in the rankings and certainly becoming more attractive to the higher-paying premium networks. Unfortunately, Wilder, who frankly has accomplished nothing in his four-year professional career, sees it a little different.

    • Here’s why Wladimir Klitschko may never fight in the U.S. again: More than 16,000 tickets have already been sold for Klitschko’s title defense against Marisuz Wach in November in Hamburg, Germany.

    • Speaking of hot tickets, Top Rank reports that 13,000 seats have already been sold for Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV in December. It seems despite the lukewarm response the fight received from pundits, there is still a strong interest from fans to see these two future Hall of Famers in the ring.

    • Looks like Gennady Golovkin will return to the ring on Dec. 8, when he will defend his WBA middleweight title somewhere in Europe. Golovkin hoped to land an HBO date, but the network is booked solid in December and Golovkin is determined to fight before the end of the year. Main Events lobbied Golovkin hard to fight on either its Dec. 8 or Dec. 22 shows. However Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, believes he can get a better deal fighting in Europe.

    • There is some debate over when Wladimir Klitschko owes a mandatory defense of his WBA title. Sauerland Event, which represents WBA “regular” titleholder Alexander Povetkin, claims Klitschko must face Povetkin by the end of February. Klitschko’s manager, Bernd Boente, says the fight isn’t due until next July. My opinion: Who cares? Klitschko has chased Povetkin for years and, after Wach, doesn’t have any viable opponents on the horizon. Cut a deal — March sounds pretty good — and make the fight.

    • Sign me up for more Kubrat Pulev. Pulev’s 11th-round knockout of 6-foot-7 Alexander Ustinov on Epix last weekend — which followed a knockout of 6-foot-7 heavyweight prospect Alexander Dimitrenko before that — has established the Bulgarian as a legitimate heavyweight contender. Pulev will likely face the winner of Tomasz Adamek-Odlanier Solis in December, with a win positioning him as the IBF’s No. 1 contender for Wladimir Klitschko’s title.

    • Let me join the chorus of those who think Don King’s $1.1 million purse bid for Chris Arreola-Bermane Stiverne is nuts. Neither Arreola or Stiverne has done much of anything lately, certainly not enough to warrant that type of payday. There is a good chance Arreola-Stiverne on HBO or Showtime but there is no way King is going to get his money back in the license fee. It’s simply not that significant a fight.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Oct 02, 2012
  • Quick jabs: Ricky Hatton comes back, Amir Khan finds new trainer, more

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    Former two-division world champion Ricky Hatton (above), who announced a comeback last week, might be an attractive opponent for compatriot Amir Khan. (AP)

    Some quick jabs …

    • How much money did Miguel Cotto leave on the table when he passed on a rematch with Manny Pacquiao? According to Bob Arum, a lot. Arum said Cotto’s guarantee for a Dec. 1 date with Pacquiao would have been around $13 million, with the possibility of going as high as $15 million if the pay-per-view numbers were strong. Instead, Cotto will settle for significantly less in a fight with unknown junior middleweight Austin Trout while Arum signed Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth fight with Pacquiao by guaranteeing just $6 million.

    • HBO was thrilled with the rating it got for the heavily promoted Sept. 8 showdown between Andre Ward and Chad Dawson. According to the Neilsen numbers, Ward-Dawson attracted 1.3 million viewers, the sixth straight World Championship Boxing telecast exceeding 1 million viewers for HBO.

    • Here’s my one and only thought on the proposed partnership between Manny Pacquiao and 50 Cent: I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • I’m fully expecting a rematch between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez to take place early next year. Chavez Jr. wants it and Martinez isn’t going to sniff that much money against anyone else. Hopefully Chavez will take his training a little more seriously next time. He has the talent to beat Martinez but he has to be in peak condition both mentally and physically if he expects to have a shot against a fighter as fast and skilled as Martinez.

    • At 33, comebacking Ricky Hatton probably has one more big fight left in him. And perhaps the biggest one of his career could be out there: Amir Khan. They haven’t invented a word for how big Hatton-Khan could be in England and after a tune-up or two both could be ready for it.

    • Little tired of strength coach Alex Ariza taking to Twitter and passive aggressively implying that a fighter would have done better had he been more involved. In the aftermath of Chavez’s loss to Martinez, Ariza, who had reduced role in Chavez’s camp this time around, in a Q&A with his followers, suggested that Chavez would have performed better had he followed his diet and that Chavez was “not in my kind of shape.” It’s not the first time Ariza has done this and it’s getting a little old.

    • Arum says he plans on bringing welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley back in December. Possible opponents include Ruslan Provodnikov, Zab Judah, Lamont Peterson and Robert Guerrero. Guerrero is under contract with archrival Golden Boy but Arum told a handful of reporters last week that Bradley-Guerrero was a fight he would really like to make.

    • Hasim Rahman, who held the WBC heavyweight title for a year between 2005 and ’06, is getting another crack at a world title. Rahman, 39, will travel to Germany to take on Alexander Povetkin on Sept. 29 in a fight that will be televised in the U.S. on Epix.

    • Predictably, the Adrien Broner-Antonio DeMarco negotiations are progressing slowly. Broner, who is represented by influential and divisive manager Al Haymon, wants the lion’s share of the money and DeMarco isn’t willing to give it to him. Like I’ve said before: Fight each other or don’t fight anyone else in your weight class on premium TV.

    • How much did it cost 50 Cent to pry Yuri Gamboa away from Top Rank? That would be $1.2 million. From what I hear from Top Rank officials, that’s just about how much the company invested in Gamboa.

    • The always entertaining Gabriel Rosado (20-5) is back in action on Friday night, when he headlines the next installment of NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series against Charles Whittaker (38-12-2). This is a big fight for Rosado: If he wins, he becomes the No. 1 contender for the IBF junior middleweight title held by Cornelius Bundrage.

    • While we all wait (and wait, and wait) for Pacquiao-Mayweather, it’s clear Arum is setting up the winner of next month’s junior welterweight fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado as the next opponent for Pacquiao. Rios-Alvarado is expected to be a war, which should give the winner a nice bounce going into a Pacquiao fight.

    • Showtime has to be pleased with the numbers for Saul Alvarez-Josesito Lopez on Saturday. According to Neilsen ratings, Alvarez-Lopez attracted 1.04 million viewers. Still, that’s a 42 percent drop from Alvarez’s HBO-televised fight against Kermit Cintron in November 2011, which drew 1.47 million viewers.

    • Amir Khan is reportedly set to name Virgil Hunter, best known for training super middleweight champion Andre Ward, as his new coach. That’s a good call. Hunter has a brilliant boxing mind who believes hit-and-don’t-get-hit is the only philosophy a fighter should live by. For a shaky-chinned fighter like Khan, that’s the best kind of trainer.

    • Speaking of Ward, cross Mikkel Kessler off the list of potential next opponents. Ward had expressed interest in a rematch with Kessler — whom he picked apart over 11 lopsided rounds in 2009 — but Kessler elected to face 37-year old Brian Magee, who owns a minor super middleweight title. It’s just as well: Ward-Kessler would have created no buzz in the United States.

    • Last week, Arum spent a lot of time talking to reporters about junior middleweight prospect John Jackson, even going as far as to say Jackson would get a televised slot on the Pacquiao pay-per-view telecast. But on Saturday, Jackson (13-1) ran into another pretty good prospect, the Jack Loew-trained Willie Nelson (19-1-1), who beat him in a close decision. Jackson still has potential and a lot of power (12 knockouts) but needs to polish his game so he can out box fighters he can’t knock out.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Sep 18, 2012
  • Huck to drop down, defend cruiser title

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    Marco Huck

    Marco Huck (right) impressed in his heavyweight debut, despite losing a narrow decision to Alexander Povetkin (Thomas Kienzle/Getty Images).

    Cruiserweight titleholder Marco Huck, who impressed in his heavyweight debut despite earning a narrow loss to Alexander Povetkin last month, has decided to drop back down to cruiserweight to defend his title. Huck will defend his belt against mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi.

    “We believe that defending his WBO cruiserweight title is the best thing for Marco to do,” said Huck’s promoter, Wilfried Sauerland. “At the age of 27 he is still very young for a boxer. He can always move up to heavyweight later.”

    Huck won the WBO title in 2009 and made eight defenses of it — including a competitive decision win over Afolabi — before deciding to make the jump to cruiserweight. In the aftermath of the loss to Povetkin, Huck called for an immediate rematch. But with Povetkin required to fulfill a mandatory defense of his minor title against Hasim Rahman in his next fight, Huck elected to go back and defend his title.

    “I would have loved to remain at heavyweight but my team convinced me to stay at cruiserweight for the time being,” Huck said. “That’s fine for me. I am happy to continue my domination and keep destroying opponents. I will start with Afolabi. He is a dangerous fighter but he has no chance against me.”

    Sauerland Event GM Chris Meyer told SI.com that a Povetkin-Huck rematch was possible — if both fighters want it.

    “We would love to do the rematch, though there is always bad blood if two fighters in one stable fight each other,” Meyer said. At the end it is only up to the fighters if they want to do it.”

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Mar 08, 2012
  • Povetkin earns decision over Huck to retain his WBA heavyweight title

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    Alexander Povetkin improved to 24-0 and retained his WBA heavyweight title with a points decision over Marco Huck. (Thomas Kienzle/Getty Images)

    STUTTGART, Germany — Three thoughts on Alexander Povetkin’s decision win over Marco Huck.

    I got hit with a shoe.  The pro-Huck crowd wasn’t happy with the decision and I was an unintentional victim of one perturbed fan’s frustration. Still, while judge Stanley Christodoulou’s 116-112 card was a bit wide, the right guy won the fight. Povetkin was in control early, and Huck blew multiple opportunities to put Povetkin away. As Povetkin faded, Huck got stronger but the cruiserweight champion just couldn’t land enough punches to finish Povetkin off. Povetkin’s punches didn’t do much damage in the later rounds but he was still throwing, still active, while Huck ignored his corner’s pleas to fire more uppercuts at Povetkin’s exposed chin.

    Paging, Teddy Atlas.  Povetkin looked gassed from the fourth round on and you have to wonder whether being without Atlas, who split with Povetkin after Povetkin refused to train in the U.S. for this fight, had something to do with it. Povetkin’s new trainer, Alexander Zimin, is accomplished but there is no question Povetkin’s conditioning was subpar. Povetkin could not explain his sluggishness, telling me in the ring his training and sparring had been perfect. One of Atlas’s strengths is motivation, which might be something Povetkin needs more than he thought. Reconciliation may be impossible-in interviews, Atlas said he felt betrayed by Povetkin-but Povetkin’s promoter, Sauerland Event, might want to think about trying hard to get him back.

    Marco Huck is a heavyweight.  Klitschkos aside — no one is beating them, anyway — Huck has the talent to compete with any heavyweight. Huck carried the same aggressive, straight ahead style up from cruiserweight and had Povetkin wobbled on several occasions; when the bell sounded for the 12th round, Povetkin was twisting like a tree in the wind in his corner. A rematch would mean big business in Germany — Huck said he wants one, Povetkin is open to it — and there is no reason to think it wouldn’t be just as competitive. Or entertaining. Huck can always go back to the 200-pound weight class and defend his title, but heavyweight is where the money is, so expect Huck to stay put.


  • Published On Feb 25, 2012
  • Thoughts on Helenius, Povetkin’s wins

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    Robert Helenius

    Robert Helenius, but needs to improve if he wants to be a heavyweight title contender. (Reuters)

    HELSINKI — Three quick thoughts on Robert Helenius’ controversial decision over Dereck Chisora and Alexander Povetkin’s knockout win over Cedric Boswell.

    Chisora got robbed. There is no other way to say it, really. Chisora put on a clinic on Saturday, pressuring the bigger Helenius from the opening bell and landing bomb — and I mean bomb– after bomb over 12 physical rounds. I had Chisora winning 119-109; two of the judges gave it to Helenius 115-113. I’ve seen a lot of bad decisions over the years but few as unbelievable as this. This was borderline criminal. Chisora stormed out of the ring after the fight, furious, and I don’t blame him. After his career was temporarily derailed following a loss to Tyson Fury last July, this fight was supposed to reposition Chisora as a serious challenger to Wladimir Klitschko. It still might, but at the very least Chisora deserves a rematch (on neutral turf) or a shot at Alexander Povetkin and his alphabet title.

    The shine on Helenius is off. I’ll admit, I got caught up in Helenius fever. But Saturday night’s performance showed Helenius has a long way to go. His jab was weak and he simply allowed the smaller Chisora to walk inside and take the fight to him. When Chisora did give him an opening, Helenius couldn’t pull the trigger on any kind of meaningful combinations.

    Helenius needs to get back in the lab, quickly. His skills are far too rudimentary to compete with any of the top talent in the heavyweight division. Trainer Ulli Wegner has taken him this far but if he cannot turn Helenius into a potent jabber, maybe it’s time to bring someone in (Emanual Steward?) who can.

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  • Published On Dec 04, 2011
  • Boswell out to prove he’s no soft touch against Povetkin

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    Cedric Boswell (above), a 42-year-old former contender with just one pro loss, fights Alexander Povetkin on Saturday. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Reuters)

    HELSINKI — Cedric Boswell knows why he’s here. At an open workout to promote his upcoming heavyweight title fight against Alexander Povetkin (4:30 p.m. ET, EPIX/EPIXHD.com) on Saturday, Boswell conducted interviews with the media in the shadow of a life-size banner bearing Povetkin’s image. His was nowhere to be found.

    “Just look at that banner,” Boswell said. “Where’s my picture? It’s fine though. After Saturday night everything is going to change.”

    Boswell’s image is absent, of course, because few expect him to pose much of a challenge. Boswell, now 42, was once a promising heavyweight prospect. He rattled off 21 straight wins to open up his pro career, showcasing impressive power and stamina in the ring. In 2003, Boswell faced off against former title challenger Jameel McCline. Entering the 10th round, Boswell led on all three scorecards. But early in that round Boswell absorbed a vicious, four-punch combination from McCline that ended the fight.

    According to Boswell, the loss was injury-related. Boswell says he underwent surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff just months before agreeing to face McCline and shredded it completely during the fight. Soon after Boswell underwent a second surgery that he thought put him on the shelf for two-and-a-half years.

    “I thought boxing was over,” Boswell said.

    Turns out, it wasn’t. In 2006 Boswell started working out again and, despite some residual pain in his shoulder, felt the itch to box again. In April of that year, Boswell knocked out Wallace McDaniel, kicking off a 14-fight winning streak, albeit against modest competition. In 2008 he stunned unbeaten prospect Roman Greenburg with a second round knockout and has picked up wins over faded former title challenger Owen Beck and former titleholder Oliver McCall.

    On Saturday, Boswell (35-1, 26 KOs) will get an opportunity he believes has been a long time coming. Povetkin’s title is bogus; Wladimir Klitschko won the WBA title from David Haye in July but in an obvious cash grab the WBA elevated Klitschko to “super champion” and sanctioned Povetkin’s win over Ruslan Chagaev in August as a title fight. Still, Povetkin (22-0, 15 KOs) is widely regarded as a top-five heavyweight with an open invitation to a unification fight with either of the Klitschko brothers whenever he wants it. Boswell knows he is here because Povetkin’s handlers — headlined by trainer Teddy Atlas — consider him a soft touch. What he wants them to know is that they will soon find out they were sorely mistaken.

    “I have unfinished business in boxing,” Boswell said. “I don’t want the McCline fight to define my career. I felt I could be a world champion back then and I feel I can be one now. I don’t know why it took this long to get here. Maybe I got caught up in the politics of boxing. But we are here now and I’m going to take advantage of it.”

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Nov 29, 2011


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