LONDON (19 October) – BoxNation will air big-punching Russian Alexander Povetkin’s showdown with Mariusz Wach exclusively live on a stacked bill on November 4th.
The imposing Povetkin is coming off a stunning first-round stoppage over the skilled Cuban Mike Perez who he dismantled in just over a minute in May.
Following that win the 36-year-old is now on course for a meeting with WBC world champion Deontay Wilder but must first get past a dangerous foe in Wach, who like the Russian has only one loss on his record to that of boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko.
A new era is shaping up in the heavyweight division with both Povetkin and Wach among the frontrunners looking to stamp their mark in what has historically been boxing’s glamour division.
Poland’s Wach has been on a four-run winning streak since his setback to Klitschko in 2012 and against Povetkin, the man known as ‘The Viking’, will be looking to use his 6ft 7inch frame to dominate his smaller opponent.
Though that will be no easy task with Povetkin having a history of toppling bigger men, as his record of 21 knockouts from his 29 wins proves.
The Wednesday night fight card, taking place at Basket-Hall Arena in Kazan, will also see a host of other exciting matchups taking place with WBA champion Denis Lebedev, who beat Youri Kayembre Kalenga earlier this year by unanimous decision facing Lateef Kayode.
Kayode is undefeated in 21 fights, with 16 KOs, and will be out to claim his first world title against the tough Lebedev who has 27 wins, 20 KOs, with just two defeats on his record.
In addition, 2008 gold medalist Rakim Chakhkiev will look for his fifth-straight knockout against California-based Londoner Ola Afolabi, with IBF light-welterweight ace Cesar Rene Cuenca looking to equal Floyd Mayweather’s 49-0 record against Eduard Troyanovsky.
Knockout king Dmitry Kudryashov, who has stopped all 18 of his opponents, challenges for the vacant WBC Silver cruiserweight title against another hard-hitter in Olanrewaju Durodola, who has 19 knockouts in his 21 wins.
Jim McMunn, BoxNation Managing Director, said: “This is a really exciting card featuring some of the very best fighters in the world. The main event is an intriguing matchup with the winner putting themselves in pole position for a shot at the WBC heavyweight world title. There is also the chance to see some top class cruiserweight action and the fact that the bill has some of the biggest hitters around makes for a thrilling night of boxing.”
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