Andrei Ryabinsky, promoter for WBC period in-between-heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin, believes his boxer may still retire after two greater fights.
Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs), an Olympic gold medal winner and former world champion, is now 41-years-ancient and nearing the end of the road for his career.
“I consider that he must retire, i will are trying to steer him,” Ryabinsky referred to to suit tv.
In August, Povetkin pulled off a big upset when he knocked out Dillian Whyte in the fifth round. It became a surprising outcome, because Povetkin was dropped twice in the fourth and seemed to be on the verge of getting knocked out himself.
throughout the fifth, he linked with a vicious uppercut – which immediately despatched Whyte down and out.
on the time, Whyte changed into the WBC’s mandatory challenger. in the aftermath of the loss, he exercised an immediate rematch clause.
A 2d meeting was booked for November 21. It turned into postponed when Povetkin was hospitalized with COVID-19.
the brand new tentative date changed into being focused for January thirtieth. And that state of affairs has also been ruled, when Povetkin’s handlers printed that he changed into nonetheless getting better from the COVID diagnosis and became currently hospitalized for a second time.
A date in early March is extra probably, says Ryabinsky.
“[Alexander] needed to return to the health facility for an extra examination. The different day he become discharged and is only now starting to coach. we are able to raise the practicing load in degrees, below the supervision of docs. Boxing is a major load on the body, i cannot allow Alexander’s fitness to be risked,” Ryabinsky spoke of.
“The date [of January 30] is not any longer primary, but it surely will now not stream with the aid of a whole lot, doubtless to the starting of March. I think the fight will take place in London. Negotiations are at the stage of identifying the dates, every thing else is already there, every thing else has been agreed upon.”