‘Boxing is cooler than MMA’, insists Russian heavyweight champ Alexander Povetkin as he plots post-Covid return date against Whyte
The 41-year-old admitted, however, that MMA has rapidly grown, evolving into a sports giant with a multi-billion-dollar worldwide industry.
But the Olympic champion said he still thinks boxing is more spectacular than MMA, which combines different combat styles.
“Some people love boxing, as I do, Povetkin told Tass. "Some prefer MMA, which has been rapidly developing and gaining popularity worldwide. People are interested in MMA, but anyway I think boxing is cooler."Also on rt.com Drunk? On drugs? CTE? Ex-boxing star MOCKED after claiming Logan Paul will cause ‘trouble’ for Floyd Mayweather in exhibition bout
The boxer also said he might launch his own promotion after retiring from sports.
“Of course, I have already thought about it [retirement]. Sooner or later, this will happen. I’m thinking about my future plans, including launching my own promotion, we will see what will happen.”
Povetkin was set to have a rematch with Dillian Whyte on January 30 after defeating the British brawler by a knockout-of-the-year contender four months ago, but those plans were shelved after the powerhouse was hospitalized by Covid-19.Also on rt.com ‘The Muhammad Ali of the UFC’: Conor McGregor’s boxing coach hails UFC star's striking skills ahead of UFC 257 (VIDEO)
Asked whether he could face Whyte before March, Povetkin replied: "Yes, I believe it is possible.
"As soon as I received intravenous infusion in hospital, my temperature immediately receded.
"I certainly suffered some fatigue, but on the whole, everything was okay and I have nothing to complain about. There were no complications and everything turned out to be all right."Also on rt.com ‘We underestimated the effects of Covid’: Povetkin team KOs talk of January rematch with Whyte after Russian is hospitalized AGAIN
Londoner Whyte is desperate for a shot at revenge and has even bizarrely accused Povetkin of faking his illness to avoid a rematch.
"Everything seems to be all right at the moment," said Povetkin. "I started jogging every morning and just recently I resumed my gym workouts and my work on focus mitts. So everything goes in line with the schedule."
Povetkin has only been defeated by just Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko during his impressive 39-fight career.Also on rt.com 'I don't think he's got Covid': Beaten Whyte makes farcical Povetkin rematch claim as Russian's team vow to prove he had virus