To the shock of the boxing world the purse bid to stage the fight between Alexander Povetkin and Wladimir Klitschko was won at the staggering sum of $23m.
This is a huge amount with a vast majority going to Klitschko. The fight is to be held in Moscow providing the current issue regarding disagreements on drug testing are resolved. This issue seems to be a fairly major one currently so hopefully it can be sorted out and the fight can go ahead.
On paper Povetkin should provide a test for Wladimir as he boasts an impressive record: 26-0, 18 KOs. At 6ft 2in he is shorter than Klitschko and therefore going to find it difficult to get past the career defining left jab.
Povetkin has fought some decent opponents in the past including Ruslan Chagaev but never anyone of the standard of the dominant Wladimir Klitschko.
Povetkin also had a distinguished amateur career showing that he is a good technical boxer and not just one of the big, lazy, clumsy heavyweights that are unfortunately common-place in this era. So Povetkin is clearly better than the average Klitschko opponent and therefore interesting in itself!
Looking at the fight I see only one winner. Yes, Povetkin is a good fighter, but Wladimir is on another level. With a record of 60 wins and three losses Wladimir’s record cannot be argued with.
Wladimir is is not the most exciting fighter but my goodness is he effective and knows how to win. He is very robotic and stiff but peppers opponents with the jab and then finishes them with the right hand.
Wladimir has adopted this technique through the mentoring of the legendary and sadly now not with us trainer Emanuel Steward. Steward is one of the greats and taught Klitschko how to solidify his defensive technique and dominate the division.
Dr Steelhammer seems to still be in top gear and I predict that Povetkin will find it difficult to get past the jab which until recent years has been very underrated.
Wladimir’s jab is quick and strong and wears opponents down as well as keeping the other boxer busy. This means that his suspect chin is rarely tested and I expect this fight to pass with his chin not being tested as is now a common-factor.
Nevertheless this fight will be of interest unlike so many of the Klitschko’s fights. The problem is that they are good champions in what for a few years now has been a very poor division so they don’t receive the credit that they deserve.
The brothers do little to help themselves reputation-wise with boring, robotic boxing styles. They also fight former sparring partners (in terms of Francesco Pianeta) or people who just simply aren’t good enough to be fighting for a world title.
This is a big-money fight and will draw major attention as a result, but I see yet another win for the machine that is Wladimir Klitschko.
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