Alexander Povetkin hasn't fought since last September's travesty against Hasim Rahman, and after efforts to secure a fight with Wladimir Klitschko fell through, Povetkin now looks likely to face Andrzej Wawrzyk, after a reported secondary option, David Price lost in February.
"The leading candidate for a fight with Alexander was Englishman David Price... But Price lost, and now we are considering candidates who are highly rated by the WBA and have no defeats in the ring. Unfortunately, the choices are not so great and now the main candidates for the fight with Alexander are Andrzej Wawrzyk and Joe Hanks. Both are unbeaten and also younger than Alexander," (manager Vladimir) Hryunov told Gazeta.
It's nice that Hryunov is at least trying to find someone in their prime and unbeaten, instead of rehashing another old fart, and it's nice that he admits the options aren't so great right now, because they are not. Hanks (21-0, 14 KO) is a 30-year-old from New Jersey nicknamed "The Future," standing an official 6'4", with paper thin record to date. Wawrzyk (27-0, 13 KO) is a 25-year-old Pole with a couple of decent wins to date, and probably is the more legit option of the two, though there's not much to choose between them, really.
It's easy to say that Povetkin, now 33, is again taking an easy fight, and I did that on Twitter earlier, but really, what's the use of complaining? "It is what it is" and all that, and it's hardly as if Wladimir or Vitali are taking fights any more challenging than this one, so whatever. Heavyweights!