By Travis “Novel” Fleming
This past Friday, former heavyweight titlist, and Olympic gold medalist, Alexander Povetkin, 29-1 21 KO’s, continued his reign of terror on the heavyweight division with a ridiculously impressive first round knockout over iron chinned top contender Mike Perez, 21-2-1 13 KO’s. The win makes Povetkin the mandatory challenger for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, 33-0 32 KO’s. The fight was held in Moscow, Russia, and it’s an understatement to say that this was the best performance on Russian soil by a native Russian in a very long time, perhaps ever. To many, this was a 50-50 fight, and one of the best heavyweight match ups of the year, but Povetkin flipped the script with his frightening power in scoring boxing’s knockout of the year for the second consecutive year. Deontay Wilder’s reign may only last as long as the end of this year if the WBC enforces its mandatory challenger, and Povetkin doesn’t accept step aside money from Wilder’s manager Al Haymon to allow Wilder to face another fighter or two before facing the vicious punching former champion from Russia.