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Written by Jake Wallwork

Alexander Povetkin finds an opponent for his second title defence

Alexander Povetkin will fight Marco Huck in the second defence of his WBA ‘regular’ Heavyweight title. It will take place somewhere in Huck's backyard in Germany. Sauerland, Povetkin’s promoters, love putting heavyweight fights on their undercards so don't be surprised if we see Robert Helenius on the same bill. If he does, this becomes a card you should watch.

The title bout has been signed for February 25th. Huck is allowed to keep his WBO Cruiserweight title if he loses to Povetkin, making it a win/win situation for him and a very generous move by the WBO. Or maybe they just don't want to stage a fight for the would-be vacant belt, which would be a mouth-watering clash between Ola Afolabi and Denis Lebedev. Marco Huck will receive the highest payday of his career, possibly win a heavyweight title and will remain a world champion either way. Not a bad nights work.

Povetkin vs Chambers, heavyweight vs heavyweight. A rare sight these days.

There's something about this fight that bothers me. David Haye, Tomasz Adamek and Juan Carlos Gomez are ex-cruiserweights who all had a shot at a heavyweight title only to lose out to a native of the division. Jean Marc Mormeck will add his name to the list when he fights Wladimir Klitschko in March, a sure-thing for me because Mormeck already lost to Haye and was unimpressive against Ibragimov, the guy Seth Mitchell recently destroyed.

 Marco Huck (34-1-0) is another cruiserweight champion who gets a crack at a heavyweight belt, and it just shows how thin the heavyweight division is. There are so few talented natural heavyweights that guys divisions below smell blood and swim up for a bite. Luckily for Huck, he doesn’t have to fight a Klitschko to get his hands on a heavyweight championship.

On the subjext of heavyweight competition, Povetkin (23-0-0) had other options for this defense. He could have chosen a young prospect like Tyson Fury or a veteran like Hasim Rahman. Both of them could cause him problems, while still being beatable. More importantly they are dedicated heavies, rather than cruiserweights coming up for a nibble, hoping to catch an easy belt.

If everything goes as expected Povetkin will retain his title and Huck will drop back down to Cruiserweight, back to his WBO belt. Huck will have some easy defenses in Germany and hopefully Povetkin will step up his choice of opponent – Alexander Povetkin vs Tyson Fury in summer would be one to watch.