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22 OCTOBER 2014

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SecondsOut Team Picks: Klitschko Vs Povetkin/Cotto Vs Rodriguez


SecondsOut’s army or writers predict two big fights this weekend when Wladimir Klitschko defends his IBF/WBA and WBO heavyweight crowns against Alexander Povetkin in Moscow, Russia and former three weight world champion Miguel Cotto takes on American Delvin Rodriguez at the Amway Center in Orlando,Florida, USA.

 

See below who our army of correspondents think will be victorious

 

I do think Wladimir is starting to decline a little but at the same time I can’t see Povetkin having the physical tools to put too many dents in him. I see another typical Klitschko performance, jab,jab,jab, right hand against a much smaller opponent, who cannot manage to work his way inside to offload his shots.

 

Klitschko pts 12

Clive Bernath

Editor In Chief

 

Cotto is another fighter in decline after a long and successful career. A few years ago I’d tip him to stop Rodriguez but I think he’s gonna have to settle for a harder than expected points win on this occasion.

 

Cotto pts 12

Clive Bernath

Editor In Chief

 

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Cotto’s over all skill and experience should be enough for him to prevail in a unanimous decision, however he is definitely past his prime, fortunately for him Rodriguez is a b plus fighter without a big punch.

 

Cotto win

James Smith

IN THIS CORNER TV

Las Vegas

Nevada

USA

 

 

Klitschko is most likely on the decline but because he is very Mayweather like in terms of his tremendous conditioning and cautious approach I don’t think decline will be enough for Povetkin to prevail Wlad by decision and if he puts the pedal to the metal (doubtful ala Mayweather) he can get a late stoppage.

 

Klitschko w pts 12

James Smith

IN THIS CORNER TV

Las Vegas

Nevada

USA

 

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The heavyweight showdown that takes place this weekend in Moscow is the most significant since Wladimir out boxed David Haye in 2011. Alexander Povetkin, an outstanding amateur boxer, looked set to challenge Klitschko several years ago when he was under the tutelage of Teddy Atlas but for one reason or another that fight never happened. Some say Atlas felt Povektin wasn’t ready at that time but he has been around the top of the division for a number of years and has seen other fighters try and fail to topple the giant Ukrainian so perhaps he feels it is now or never. Interestingly, Atlas, analyst for ESPN, feels Povektin can win if he implements the game plan he says the pair worked on whilst working together. Atlas feels Wladimir isn’t comfortable working inside and becomes discombobulated when forced to do so. Only time will tell if Povetkin can get past Klitschko’s ramrod jab. Wladimir is also much lighter on his feet than his 6’6" 250lbs frame would suggest and is at his peak. I feel Povetkin can make things interesting for a short while until Wladimir begins to sicken him with that booming jab and right hand for a late stoppage somewhere around the 10th.

 

Klitschko w tko 10

Danny Winterbottom

Manchester

England

 

After dropping Cuban Pedro Diaz and hooking up with Freddie Roach, Miguel Cotto will hope he can return to winning ways following two back to back losses to Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout. In Rodriguez he faces a man best known for his war with Pawel Wolak but one who has operated at a level or two below the Puerto Rican legend.

 

Cotto has one eye on a mega fight with Canelo Alvarez and obviously cannot afford any slip ups here. I expect Miguel to out work Rodriguez over the distance unless he really has regressed.

 

 

Cotto pts 12

Danny Winterbottom

Manchester

England

 

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Wladimir Klitschko has not lost a fight since his loss to Lamon Brewster back in 2004. He will face Alexander Povetkin, who has remained undefeated to this point. Povetkin has a powerful punch, and will have to use it when climbs in the ring with Klitschko. Look for Klitschko to fight smart however, he will not allow Povetkin to find his range, he is a master when it comes to dictating a fight. Povetkin wants the knockout, the problem is it will Povetkin who will get knocked out. Klitschko is just to big and strong to lose this fight, look for Klitschko to knockout Povetkin between rounds 5-7.

 

Klitschko wins by KO, rounds 5-7.

Ron Valderrama

Houston, Texas

USA

 

Miguel Cotto faces Delvin Rodriguez in a super welterweight battle that has excitement all over it. Cotto, coming off two losses wants to show he has what it takes to be a champion. Rodriguez, a good fighter with who can pop with the best of them, will have to be prepared mentally when he faces Cotto. He will have to find his range with Cotto if he wants to win this fight, Cotto is one of the best when it comes to working the body. An inside game is what will work for Cotto, that is where he can win this fight, Rodriguez has him beat on reach. Look for Cotto to work his combinations, wearing Rodriguez down with shots to the body. I see a patient Cotto wining this fight, capitalizing when Rodriguez throws wide hooks. Cotto wins by TKO in the later rounds, somewhere between rounds 8-10.

 

Cotto tko rounds 8-10

Ron Valderrama

Houston, Texas

USA

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Klitschko is still too strong. Wins by KO in eight.

Klitschko w ko 8

Jerry Glick

New York

New York City

USA

Rodriguez is a fine boxer but Cotto is on a higher level with a strong skillset. We all know what Cotto does and his defense will stop Rodriguez’ efforts. Cotto by decision,

 

Cotto pts 12

Jerry Glick

New York

New York City

USA

 


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I am still not one hundred percent sure Povetkin will make it into the ring with Wlad! I don’t believe Povetkin wants this fight, but rather the opportunity to cash in since he should have already been dethroned by Marco Huck. I see a jab fest from Klitschko and Povetkin will eat a lot of punches. His stamina should carry him through the toughest moments and allow him to loses a lopsided decision. Long ago, I once thought Povetkin might be the guy to defeat Wlad, but he has not shown anything in his reign or since the Chambers fight to even be hopeful of a game showing. Klitschko UD. 

 

Klitschko w pts 12

Derek Bonnett

Connecticut

USA

 

Cotto is done at the top and about ready to start losing to guys we wouldn’t ordinarily see as top-fighters. His punch resistance and stamina may be tested against Rodriguez. Delvin does not have the biggest punch though and I sometimes question his drive when the chips are down. If he comes in with the discipline he had in the Wolak rematch, we may see an upset. I was close to going with it, but I think Cotto may have enough left to get by Delvin, who never was a top-guy and has a lot of miles on his chassis as well. It should be a grueling fight with no knockdowns. Cotto majority decision.

 

Cotto w pts 12

Derek Bonnett

Connecticut

USA

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"Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin will finally happen.  Povetkin is as deserving as any heavyweight right now, especially having a belt on his waist.  Klitschko is too strong, mobile, and will dominate the fight as usual scoring a technical knockout in the ninth round."
 
Klitschko W TKO 9
Derek Gionta
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
 
"Miguel Cotto, now with Freddie Roach in his corner, will look to make another surge at the elite level.  If he plans to do so he will have to get through Delvin Rodriguez.  Rodriguez is a tough customer and will make a fight of this.  I feel that Cotto’s boxing skills and power will be too much for Rodriguez down the stretch."
 
Cotto W Late TKO or Pts 12
Derek Gionta
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
 
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I like Cotto in this one. Some argue that he’s shot or washed up but I don’t see it that way. He’s lost to only elite level guys, which tends to happen to everybody. Rodriguez is a quality fighter but I’m not quite sure he’s at that sort of level to beat a guy with as much big fight experience as Cotto. With that said, I see Cotto doing well early and then struggling late, hanging on to win a majority decision.
 
Cotto pts 12
Mike Sloan
Las Vegas
Nevada,USA
 
Klitschko wins this easily. Povetkin is tough but but he’s not on the same level as the champ. Klitschko wins a relatively uneventful unanimous decision.
 
klitschko w pts 12
Mike Sloan
Las Vegas
Nevada
USA
 

 

Klitschko=8

Povetkin=0

 

Cotto= 8

Rodriguez=0

 

October 5, 2013

 

 

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