Povetkin responded to criticism for his words about Makhachev

Former world heavyweight boxing champion, Alexander Povetkin, has revealed what he thinks about the criticism directed at him following his controversial words about current UFC lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev.

“Let them call out whatever they want,” “Russian Vityaz” said in an interview “Ushataika” channel. “Honestly, I don’t like to make excuses. I said what I said. I have a lot of Russian friends who fight, and I was asked specifically about Makhachev. I know there is such a fighter, but I don’t follow him. I just don’t follow him, that’s all, and people start talking nonsense”

“I have many friends, and Chechens, and Azerbaijanis, and Dagestanis, who were in the national team with me, I still communicate with guys. And here everyone starts twisting things in their own way, but I don’t pay attention to it. I don’t give a damn!”

Earlier, Povetkin, answering a question about UFC fighters, said that he follows Alexander Volkov and Sergey Pavlovich, but not Islam Makhachev, because the latter is not a Russian fighter.

Recall that Islam Makhachev will have his next fight on October 21 at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi, and the Russian’s opponent will be the current UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.