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Klitschko defeats Povetkin in an ugly fight

Alexander Povetkin Wladimir KlitschkoBy Jim Dower: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) defeated WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (26-1, 18 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday at the Olimpiyskiy, in Moscow, Russia. The final judges scores were 119-104, 119-104 and 119-104.

Wladimir knocked Povetkin down 4 times in the fight; once in the 2nd round from a short left hook and 3 times in the 7thh round. Wladimir appeared to push Povetkin down with the first knockdown in the 7th, but the other two seemed to be legit.

In the 11th round, Wladimir was docked a point for shoving Povetkin to the canvas. Wladimir had always down this several times before in the fight but it wasn’t until the 11th round that the referee finally took points away.

Wladimir probably should have had points taken away for all the clinching that he was doing in the fight because he was clinching nonstop and the referee let him get away with it. Wladimir would jab and then grab Povetkin and lean on his neck, and there wasn’t much he could do about it because of his lack of size.

As the rounds went by, Povetkin’s face swelled up and turned red from Wladimir’s jabs and left hooks. Surprisingly, Wladimir didn’t throw many right hands at all in the fight, as he seemed too afraid of getting countered by one of Povetkin’s big left hooks. Most of the time Wladimir kept his right hand ready to block the big home run left hooks that Povetkin was trying from time to time. Povetkin didn’t have the reach to get to Wladimir when he would throw his left hooks from the outside, and when he would get anywhere close to the big Ukrainian, he would be grabbed in a clinch.

In the 11th round, Wladimir appeared to stun Povetkin with a left hook, but instead of following up with a big shot, Wladimir threw Povetkin to the canvas. The referee then took a point away from Wladimir for the illegal move. You can’t blame Wladimir for throwing Povetkin to the canvas though because the referee gave him credit for a knockdown after doing that in the 7th round.

Other boxing results on the card:

Grigory Drozd TKO 11 Mateusz Masternak
Rakhim Chakhkiev KO 10 Giulian Ilie
Ruslan Chagaev UD 12 Jovo Pudar


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