This should be an interesting fight. Both can bang, and the winner could go on to face Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko in the near future, so there's everything to fight for. Povetkin is trained by Teddy Atlas, and I know there have been some issues with Povetkin's confidence and also with his progress as a fighter. Teddy Atlas actually turned down a Klitschko fight because he thought the time wasn't right for Povetkin to step up to that level, mentally.
So this fight against a tough, seasoned fighter like Chagaev is going to be a really good test for Povetkin, and also for Teddy Atlas. It will show if Povetkin has matured enough mentally as a fighter, and it will also be a good indicator to see whether he has what it takes to fight on the bigger stage against a live opponent. Not that he hasn't fought against some decent fighters, but Povetkins best wins so far have been a TKO victory over Chris Byrd, who was way past his prime, and a points win over Eddie Chambers. So Povetkin has a lot to prove here. Ruslan Chagaev has only lost once and that was to Wladimir Klitschko, so if Povetkin can put on a good performance here it will make people sit up and take notice.
Povetkin Vs Chagaev Weigh-In Video
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