New York, NY – September 27, 2011 – MSG Network, which continues its commitment to the sport of boxing, announced today that it will re-telecast the heavyweight doubleheader of Alexander Povetkin versus Ruslan Chagaev and Robert Helenius versus Sergei Liakhovich. The fights, which originally aired on EPIX, will debut on MSG Network on Wednesday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin, the 2004 Olympic heavyweight champion, scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA titleholder Ruslan Chagaev to claim the vacant WBA heavyweight title on August 27 at the Messehall in Erfurt, Germany.
Povetkin, with the help of legendary New York trainer Teddy Atlas who called on his fighter to fight for the honor of his late father, took total command of the contest late in the fight.
Two ringside judges scored the fight 117-113 with the third judge scoring it 116-112. Povetkin improved to 22-0 with 15 knockouts and Chagaev dropped to 27-2-1 with 17 knockouts.
The co-feature included a battle between Robert Helenius and Sergei Liakhovich. Helenius, who scored a ninth round technical knockout, improved his unbeaten streak to 16-0 with 11 knockouts. Liakhovich dropped to 25-4 with 16 knockouts. With the win, Helenius won the WBA and WBO intercontinental titles.
The broadcast team consists of former heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis, MSG Network’s Mike Crispino, and boxing scribe Chris Mannix, who called the original EPIX broadcast from the MSG Network studios.