Povetkin decisions Chagaev, both fighters look horrible
By Eric Thomas: Undefeated heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15 KO’s) pounded out a very unimpressive 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night against former WBA heavyweight title holder Ruslan Chagaev (27-2-2, 17 KO’s) at the Messehall in Erfurt, Germany. The Judges’ scores 116-112, 117-111 and 117-113.
The action was incredibly dull in the first five rounds of the fight with Povetkin winning most of the rounds by landing one punch at a time.
Chagaev briefly took control of the fight in the 6th when he finally opened up with some heavy left hands that appeared to hurt Povetkin. Chagaev continued to dominate with his left hand in rounds seven and eight. However, with trainer Teddy Atlas motivating him between rounds with some very over the top corny words, Povetkin was able to get his second wind and regain control of the fight in the last four rounds of the fight to dominate the remainder of the action.
Chagaev went all out in the 12th, hoping to try and score a knockout but he wasn’t able to take Povetkin out. All in all, a poor fight for both guys. Povetkin looked timid and tired much of the time, running to escape punishment with his mouth wide open. Chagaev just looked slow, and failed to throw enough punches during the crucial early rounds. He had no urgency in the early and basically just gave the rounds away.
If former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is interested in regaining his title this would be the perfect guy for Haye to do that against. Povetkin is slow and would be easy win for Haye.