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21 JUNE 2018

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Klitschko beats Povetkin on points in ugly affair


Wladimir Klitschko retained the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in Moscow, Russia by beating fellow former Olympic super heavyweight champion, Alexander Povetkin by unanimous decision by scores of 119-104 on all 3 judges scorecards, in an ugly and messy affair.


Povetkin (26-1 with 18ko’s ) started brightly by applying lots of pressure and coming out aggressive. Klitschko (61-3 with 51ko’s) however took the first round by controlling the fight with the jab and landing a useful left hook that grabbed the Russian’s attention.


In round 2 Klitschko was cautioned for pushing and leaning on Povetkin. The challenger did have some success and continued to pressure Klitschko but was dropped by a short left hook.


Round 3 saw Povetkin trying to fight smart by pressing forward, not waiting for Klitschko to lead and appeared to be gaining confidence.


Klitschko began to look a little fatigued and sloppy during the 4th round and continuously clinched and pushed Povetkin down but did have success with the jab and this continued in round 5 and 6 despite the challenged landing a good overhand right in the 6th.

The  7th stanza was a massive round for the champion as he knocked down Povetkin for a second time following a hard 1-2 although it appeared Klitschko also pushed the Russian down too, but referee Luis Pabon called it a knockdown.


Waldimir then landed shots to the head and body and bungled his opponent to the ground gaining a 3rd knockdown. A 4th knockdown of Povetkin was then called after Klitschko landed a uppercut and a double left hook on the inside.


Round 8 and 9 were slow but Klitschko seemed to have the advantage by virtue of his jab and continual leaning on/wrestling.


In round 10 Wladimir dominated with his jab but credit goes to Povetkin for showing heart and hanging in there.


Round 11 saw Povetkin back up the champion with a jab to the body but Klitschko got a good left hook on the end of a rare 3 punch combination. Referee Pabon deducted a long overdue point from Wladimir for pushing Povetkin down.


The final round saw Klitschko continue to dominate in a forgettable round where he held, spoiled and pushed Povetkin.


The fight once again cemented Wladimir Klitschko’s dominance of the heavyweight division but also proved that the he is far from exciting and is also prepared to win ugly if he has too. 

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