Povetkin, Byrd work-out
Four days ahead of their highly-anticipated IBF eliminator in Erfurt, Alexander Povetkin and Chris Byrd displayed their skills in public during Tuesday´s official press work-out. The former IBF/WBO champion was the first man in the ring. Instructed by father and coach Joe, Byrd proved his mobility and speed. "I am in great shape," he vowed. "I´ve been through so many twelve-round fights in my career. My experience will help me.."
While Byrd has won 40 of his 44 fights (21 KOs), Povetkin is unbeaten in 13 bouts (10 KOs). Once again, the 28-year-old remained tight-lipped prior to a fight, suggesting he will let his fists do the talking in the ring. "My training has been geared towards a world title fight for over a year," he said. "I am determined to take the first step." The winner of Saturday´s encounter will just be one victory away from challenging IBF supremo Wladimir Klitschko.
European middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester and his opponent Simone Rotolo also worked out in front of numerous boxing fans, just like Mads Larsen, Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Jimmy Kapanov.
Article posted on 23.10.2007
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