Povetkin looks to climb up the ranks

The excitement seems to have returned to what used to be boxing’s glamour weight division, heavyweight. The likes of Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker have brought the spotlight back to the big men.

Russia’s Alexander Povetkin, 31-1 (23 knockouts), would like to get into that mix. He faces Andriy Rudenko for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) title on Saturday, July 1, at 16:15 live and exclusively on channel 241 (ST Sports Arena).

Povetkin has been around the block and he comes into the fight as the favourite. His only defeat has come at the hands of the great Wladimir Klitschko in a world title fight in 2013.

Victory in this fight will put him into the WBO rankings where Parker is the world champion.

Rudenko, however, is as tough as they come. He boasts a record of 31 wins and two losses. Those defeats were to undefeated fighters Hughie Fury and Lucas Browne. He went the distance with both fighters.

Since his loss to Fury, Rudenko has won his last seven fights.

Can Rudenko upset Povetkin who has been one of the heavyweight division’s toughest fighters? Or will the Russian get back into the rankings to challenge for the world title?

Catch all the action live and exclusive on Sports Arena at 16:15 on Saturday.