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Klitschko vs Povetkin clash being negotiated for September date

Following an enormous purse bid by Alexander Povetkin's manager Vladimir Hryunov, legitimate talks are finally underway to pit Wladimir Klitschko and Povetkin this September.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Representatives for Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin have gotten together in Germany, where they are negotiating a fight between the two for September 7 or September 14.

Venue, TV, and the date still need to be worked out, but as long as Vladimir Hryunov really comes up with the $23.2 million he put down on the purse bid, winning with ease over K2 Promotions and Sauerland Event, that part is not in question.

Hryunov is meeting with Bernd Boente of Klitschko's team about all the details. The idea is to make this a massive event fight, which it should be, since Wladimir remains one of the biggest stars in the sport, and Povetkin may honestly be the last credible, fully developed challenger he'll face in the near future.

Klitschko (59-3, 50 KO) and Povetkin (25-0, 17 KO) both have May fights waiting. Wladimir goes for win No. 60 on May 4 against Francesco Pianeta, while Povetkin takes on Andrzej Wawrzyk on May 17.

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