By Geno McGahee
Alexander Povetkin, 26-1, 18 KO’s, had the right idea, initially, as he went after defending IBO/WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight kingpin, Wladimir Klitschko, 61-3, 51 KO’s, but he was unable to reach him and put any hurt on the champ. Klitschko was uncomfortable and was unable to catch Povetkin clean, opting instead to lean on him and hold him continually. It was one of the ugliest fights for the champ in a long time.
As the rounds went on, the fight became more and more hopeless for the challenger. There was nothing he could do and wasn’t letting his hands go when Wlad was holding him. It became a common dance. Povetkin would approach and Wlad would grab. They’d be separated and repeat. There were some uncharacteristically dirty tactics by Wlad, including leaning, throwing cheap shots and pushing with regularity.
Wlad won by a landslide on the cards, taking home the fight by scores of 119-104 on all three cards. The reason why he didn’t get the 120 was due to a point deduction for pushing. This fight was the ending of a chapter. Since August of 2011, Povetkin was the owner of the “regular WBA heavyweight title” and now that distinction is thankfully gone, but what is left for Wlad to do? The fighters out there aren’t striking fear in the heart of the champion. Tyson Fury, Chris Arreola, Deontay Wilder, Robert Helenius and Kubrat Pulev are knocking on the door, but none seem to be ready at this point to take the gold.