Heck, it's about time!
After flaking out on two previous engagements with the Ukrainian giant, unbeaten 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Alexander Povetkin will finally step up to face the world's premiere boxing Heavyweight, Wladimir Klitschko, tomorrow afternoon (Sat., Oct. 5, 2013) at Olimpiisky Arena in Moscow, Russia.
MMAmania will deliver LIVE coverage of "Klitschko vs Povetkin," starting with the BoxNation broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET. It will also air via tape-delay in United States on HBO at 10 p.m. ET.
Klitschko (60(51)-3) will bring pretty much every other title on the planet save the WBC belt, which is held by his brother, into the ring -- his WBA "super" title, IBF, WBO, IBO and "The Ring" belts will all be up for grabs. He has not lost since getting knocked out by Lamon Brewster in 2004. He was last seen blowing out Francesco Pianeta in six rounds, having beaten the snot out of the inhumanly-durable Polish giant Mariusz Wach his previous time out.
Povetkin (26(18)-0), meanwhile, will bring his WBA title into the ring, which he won against one-time Klitschko challenger Ruslan Chagaev back in 2011 and defended four times. The most notable of these defenses came against Cruiserweight kingpin Marco Huck, who moved up in weight to give Povetkin hell before losing a narrow decision. Since then, Povetkin has knocked out the ruined husk of Hasim Rahman and previously-undefeated Pole Andrzej Wawrzyk.
A word of warning: HBO will show this fight on tape delay before the Miguel Cotto vs. Delvin Rodriguez card, so read at your own risk.
"KLITSCHKO VS. POVETKIN" QUICK RESULTS:
Heavyweight Title: Wladimir Klitschko def. Alexander Povetkin by unanimous decision (119-104 x3)
"KLITSCHKO VS. POVETKIN" PLAY-BY-PLAY RESULTS:
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alexander Povetkin
Round one: Povetkin tries to bully his way in immediately and is clinched. And again. Left hook from the Russian falls short and he clinches. This time Wlad lands a hook before getting tied up. Another clinch. Povetkin misses on a pair of wild hooks. Clinch. Two hard jabs from the champion and another. Clinch. Another jab. Short right hand lands on Povetkin's forehead before a clinch. Povetkin falls short with a left hook and takes another jab. Clubbing right from Alexander lands before he gets tied up. Wlad doing a very good job keeping him away with his left and clinching when he sneaks inside. Clinch. Overhand right finally connects for Alexander. Another stiff jab from the champ and a big left hook. They stumble around in the clinch and Povetkin winds up on his back on a slip. Bell rings, 10-9 Wladimir.
Round two: Clinch. Povetkin smacks him with a short right while tied up. Another hard Klitschko jab. Povetkin avoids the big right and steps into the clinch. Clinch. Stiff jab and a clinch from Klitschko. Another clinch. Povetkin right hand bounces off Klitschko's shoulder and they tie up. Left hook deflected by Wlad's arm. Clinch. Clinch. Wlad pumping the jab and lands a tight left hook. Ref warns Wlad for pushing Alexander's head down. Povetkin rushes in with overhands but cannot land clean. Jab to the body by Povetkin and he eats a point-blank left hook that takes his legs out. Povetkin goes down, but returns to his feet in time. There's the bell, 20-17 Klitschko.
Round three: Wlad's left hand very active as Povetkin advances. Povetkin left hook gets through before he's tied up. Clinch. Wlad firing off his jab; Povetkin returns fire with a left to the body. Clinch. Jab continues to land for Wlad. Povetkin stepping in with another left-right salvo that falls short. Hard jab connects for Wlad. Clinch. One-two on the button from Klitschko before a clinch. Povetkin still firing back but falling short. Clinch. Wlad slips a hard left hook. Povetkin lands a glancing right before the bell. 30-26 Klitschko.
Round four: Immediate clinch. Povetkin touches the body with a right straight, whiffs on more overhands. Clinch. Wlad lands a hard jab before the next clinch. Two more stiff jabs. Right hand connects for Povetkin, who takes another jab. Clinch. Jab and clinch. Lead right hand for Klitschko that glances off. Clinch. Alexander whiffs on a left hook and takes a jab. Body straight and clinch. Clinch. Klitschko's jab continues to connect. Clinch. Another. Clubbing right from Povetkin in the clinch before the bell. 40-35 Klitschko.
Round five: Povetkin just can't land his big shots. As I say that, he connects with an overhand right but gets tied up again. Wlad's jab connecting and a right hand bounces off Povetkin's forehead. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Jab and clinch. Big one-two by Wlad before the next clinch. Clinch. Left hook from Povetkin lands before a clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Both men land their jabs simultaneously. Clinch. Lead right from Wlad. Clinch. Clinch. Jab and clinch. Clinch. 50-44 Klitschko.
Round six: Clinch. Clinch. Stiff jab from Wlad as he avoids a left hook. Another good jab as Povetkin pokes the body with his right. Yet another good jab. Clinch. Jab from Wlad again and another. Povetkin to the body and gets tied up. Clinch. Short left hand from Wlad. Clinch. Another good left hook. Povetkin getting marked up by Wlad's left hand as he tries to close in. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Wlad lands a couple lefts as he matadors Povetkin around. Clinch. Povetkin's right gets through and Wlad ties him up. Clinch. Lead right from Wlad, Povetkin meets it with a jab. 60-53 Klitschko.
Round seven: Povetkin jabs the body. Wlad snaps his head back with a jab and they clinch. Clinch. BIG one-two from Wlad wobbles Povetkin; Povetkin falls in the ensuing grapple and the ref, probably incorrectly, calls it a knockdown. Povetkin takes a huge right after he gets up and buckles; Wlad mugging him from inside and finally forces him to his knees for the second (and first legit) knockdown of the round. Wlad's left hook sends out a cloud of sweat but Povetkin manages to hold up. Wlad hurts Povetkin with a right and Alexander slips; ref inexplicably calls that a knockdown, too. Povetkin to his feet again. Clinch. Povetkin clinches this time and he looks exhausted. There's the bell again; 70-59 Klitschko.
Round eight: Povetkin lands a wild right hand before getting tied up. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Right uppercut by Wlad and a clinch. Wlad jab. Clinch. Clinch. Jab from Klistchko and another. Povetkin with a short right. Clinch. Two jabs from Wlad before the next clinch. Clinch. Lead left uppercut. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Left left hook. Clinch. 80-68 Klitschko.
Round nine: Clinch. Wlad jab. Clinch. Povetkin steps right into a jab and stumbles as Wlad pushes him, but the ref rightly calls it a slip this time. Left hook from Wlad lands. Hard jab. Another. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Povetkin avoids a left hook. Clinch. Stiff jabs from Wlad landing at will. Clinch. Wlad lands a lead right, then a stiff left and another right. Clinch. Clinch. Good jab, clinch. Lead left hook. Another. Clinch. Clinch. 90-77 Klitschko.
Round ten: Clinch. Clinch. Hard jab. Check hook and another jab. Another. Clinch. Double jab and a third connect for Wlad. Clinch. More jabs. Left hook, clinch. Lead right, Povetkin clinches this time. Another lead right connects. Clinch. Jab, clinch. Pair of jabs. Clinch. Lead left hook and a clinch. Stiff jab. Povetkin finally lands a punch but gets clinched again. Jab and clinch. Lead right hand from Wlad. Clinch. Clinch. Wlad lands another jab. Another stiff jab; Povetkin lands a short right in the clinch before the bell. 100-86 Klitschko.
Round eleven: Unless Povetkin can get twelve knockdowns in the next two rounds, he needs a KO.
Wlad slips early. Clinch. Clinch. Right form Povetkin lands. Clinch. Clinch. Jabs from Wlad. Clinch. Another hard jab connects. Clinch. Wlad jacks him with another left hook. Another lead hook. Wlad shoves Povetkin to the ground; Pabon takes a point from Wlad in response. Another lead hook from Wlad. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Right uppercut form Wlad connects. Clinch at the bell. 109-95 Klitschko.
Round twelve: Clinch. Clinch. Jab from Wlad, clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Lead right and a clinch. Lead hook and clinch. Ref pauses to cut some loose tape from Povetkin's glove. Povetkin lands a good overhand right and Wlad clinches. Povetkin stumbles after a clinch. Body shot by Alex, clinch. Clinch. Lead right from Wlad and a clinch. Clinch. Povetkin trying to bomb away but can't. 119-104 Klitschko.
Final Result: Klitschko def. Povetkin by decision