- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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When last seen in the ring in October, former heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin was being utterly embarrassed by real champion Wladimir Klitschko, who dropped him four times and won a shutout decision. And Klitschko did it on Povetkin’s turf in Moscow.
Manuel Charr’s lone world title shot ended in a fourth-round, cut-induced TKO loss to Vitali Klitschko in September 2012 in Moscow in what turned out to be Klitschko’s final fight before he retired to immerse himself in the Ukrainian political scene.
Now the two losers to the Klitschko brothers will square off on May 30, also in Moscow, to face Charr, who has won five consecutive bouts since the loss.
On Friday, Charr (26-1, 15 KOs), 29, announced the scheduled 12-round fight against Povetkin (26-1, 18 KOs), 34, his former training partner when they were based in Berlin and promoted by Sauerland Event.
"This will be an awesome fight,” Charr said. “I am very proud that I got invited to fight Povetkin and reached an agreement with his handlers. This is my big chance to get in line for another world title shot.
"I know Moscow, and Moscow knows me. That's why I immediately accepted the offer. It will not feel like fighting abroad. I have so many fans and friends in Moscow that I will turn this into my home crowd. And, of course, I am traveling with a big team and entourage. Together we will conquer Moscow, beat Povetkin and then go on to become world champion. This fight is the key.”