Wladimir Klitschko Vs Alexander Povetkin – 5th October 2013

Moscow, Russia 

IBF Heavyweight Title, WBO Heavyweight Title, WBA Super World Heavyweight Title, IBO Heavyweight Title.

This is a fight people see as Wladimir Klitschko’s toughest for a number of years, Povetkin is unbeaten, and the fight is taking place in Povetkin’s Russia.

Povektin is a solid heavyweight, he has good technique, a solid chin and a pair of heavy hitters. He has shown aggression in bouts however perhaps isn’t the pressure fighter now he was early in his career.

I see this as another dominant Klitschko performance as i struggle to see how the smaller guy Povetkin gets past the reach and giant stature of Klitschko, like the rest he is likely to eat too many jabs trying.

I don’t believe Wladimir is the strongest chinned fighter out there and believe he can be beaten and can be the type to ‘go’ if he can be roughed up and taking into the trenches, his early career defeats substantiate to that.

However since he was taking under the wings by the late Emanuel Steward in 2004, Steward was able to take his strengths and fine tune them to make his almost impossible to beat and also win fight after fight with minimal risk.

I see Povektin trying to force the fight in front of a home crowd, however by doing so playing into Klitschko’s hands and i see him slowly being punished more as the fight progresses. Early on it will be the jabs then as Klitschko begins to see Povetkin wear he will most likely look to land more and more hurtful punches in the second half of the fight.

This is a fight that could go the distance however i fancy Klitschko to have Povetkin out of there by the end of the 12 rounds. I think by the midway point we will see a disheartened Povetkin start to fade and a dominant Klitschko begin to capitalise.

ATR’s Bet – £25 on Klitschko Rounds 7-12 2/1 Ladbrokes