Klitschko takes gritty UD over Povetkin
Many hoped that undefeated Alexander Povetkin would provide Wladimir Klitschko's
toughest challenge to date. When it came down to it, Wladmir proved
untouchable. His style was messy, yes, and there were many shouts
of frustration coming from the crowd and those watching at home at
Klitschko's holding and pushing.
Whether illegal or not, there is no doubt that Klitschko's
strategy worked. His longer reach saw Povetkin trying to get inside
the taller opponent, but time and time again finding himself in the
Ukranian's exhausting embrace.
Adding injury to insult, Wladimir's wicked left hand saw
Povetkin hit the canvas no less than 3 times in the 7th round, and
several more times during the fight, some more dubious knock downs
At the final bell, the judges scored a unanimous decision in
favour of the winner, and still the reigning champion, Wladimir
Klitschko, all with points of 119-104.
Klitschko set for biggest challenge to date against unbeaten
Will this finally be the time the Klitschko borthers' incredible
stranglehold on the heavyweight division comes to an end? Wladimir
Klitschko, the current IBO, IBF, WBO and WBA Super World
Heavyweight Champion risks his world titles against the hard
hitting Russian Alexander Povetkin.
Povetkin (right) brings a 26- 0 record to the ring, and is the
WBA's current regular world champion, while Klitschko (left) holds
an initmidating 60-3 record and has been a heavyweight world
champion since 2006.
The fight is one of the most lucrative heavyweight contests in
history, and last June a staggeringly high $23million purse bid was
won by Russian promoter Vladimir Hryunov, who outbid the
Klitschkos' K2 Promotions and Povetkin's Sauerland Event.