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Who wins Klitschko-Povetkin? Ask the experts
World heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko will pursue his 19th straight victory and his 14th knockout during that run in defense of his RING, IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday.
World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (left) and unbeaten Russian contender Alexander Povetkin pose for a photo during their press conference in Moscow, on Aug. 12, 2013. Klitschko will defend his RING, WBA, IBF and WBO titles against Povetkin in Moscow this Saturday.
The two Olympic gold medalists say they were rooting for each other when each was last in the ring in May.
Wladimir Klitschko was scoring his 18th consecutive victory and his 13th stoppage during that run with a sixth-round knockout of the previously undefeated Francesco Pianeta in a May 4 defense of his RING, IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight championships.
On Saturday, they will be in opposite corners when Klitschko (60-3, 51 knockouts) puts his titles on the line against Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs) at Moscow's indoor Olympic stadium.
The venue may well be partisan to Povetkin, a 34-year-old winner of Olympic gold for Russia in 2004. It remains to be seen whether the location will be a factor for Klitschko, a 37-year-old Olympic gold medalist for Ukraine 1996.
"Only the location is reason to think Wladimir Klitschko's heavyweight reign might be in jeopardy," states Norm Frauenheim, of THE RING magazine and 15rounds.com. "That said, it’s fair to assume that Klitschko knows he's in Moscow against Russian challenger Alexander Povetkin."
Povetkin, who stopped faded former champ Hasim Rahman in two rounds last September, is two bouts removed from a disputed majority decision victory over cruiserweight tiitleholder Marco Huck last February.
"Wladimir Klitschko will enter the ring with his usual advantages in height and reach," states John J. Raspanti, of Doghouseboxing.com, KO Monthly Magazine and Examiner.com of Klitschko, who stands 6-foot-6 to Povetkin's 6-foot-2. "He's also the more powerful boxer. Alexander Povetkin is tough and durable, but limited. His cause wasn't helped by his struggles with Marco Huck last year."
Russian promoter Andrey Ryabinsky bid $23,333,330 for the right to handle Klitschko-Povetkin. As the WBA's "super champion," Klitschko stands to receive a favorable 75-to-25 percent split of the purse, or $17,499,997.50 compared to $5,833,332.50. Both amounts are career-highs for Klitschko and Povetkin.
RingTV.com sought the opinion of 18 boxing insiders regarding their thoughts on Klitschko-Povetkin.
Wladimir Klitschko Late TKO Alexander Povetkin: On paper, Alexander Povetkin is the best heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko has faced since David Haye in 2011. But in reality, like Haye, Povetkin will pose little challenge to THE RING's heavyweight champ.
Record: 8-5 [Last pick: Arreola KO 5 Mitchell]
Povetkin is tough, but Povetkin's not quick enough to elude the jab that will break him down and leave him open to a right hand that will end it before the judges can get in the way of another Klitschko victory.
Record: 17-7 [Chavez Jr. TKO 9 Vera]
Wladimir Klitschko TKO4 Alexander Povetkin: Alexander Povetkin is too small and too inexperienced at the elite world championship level to deal with the problems that Wladimir Klitschko brings to bear on challengers of his world heavyweight title.
Record: 13-8 [Chavez Jr. TKO 8 Vera]
Wladimir Klitschko TKO 10 Alexander Povetkin: The competitive part of this fight has already happened, and that was the Povetkin team out-bidding Klitschko during the purse bids.
Record: 8-5 [Chavez Jr. TKO 6 Vera]
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Record: 14-7 [Chavez Jr. UD 10 Vera]
Wladimir Klitschko TKO 7 Alexander Povetkin: This isn't fair nor fun anymore. Wladimir Klitschko will waltz into this fight with a distinct height advantage (four inches) and reach (six inches) over Alexander Povetkin.
Record: 2-0 [Chavez Jr. TKO 6 Vera]
Wladimir Klitschko TKO 8 Alexander Povetkin: The unbeaten Alexander Povetkin avoided this fight for a long time. Wladimir Klitschko will remind us Saturday why Povetkin wanted no part of him by producing a dominant performance in Moscow. Klitschko is simply too big, too strong, too skilled and too disciplined defensively to lose this fight.
Record: 13-4 [Chavez Jr. TKO 8 Vera]
Wladimir Klitschko TKO 10 Alexander Povetkin: Wladimir Klitschko is traveling to Alexander Povetkin's home turf in Moscow, and given the downright scandalous scorecards we've seen lately, no one is impervious to the judges.
Record: 11-7 [Chavez Jr. W 10 Vera]
Wladimir Klitschko KO 6 Alexander Povetkin: Usually before each of these fights, I try to visualize a pathway to victory for each of the combatants. Try as I might, I cannot visualize a scenario that leads to victory for Alexander Povetkin. I believe he is out-gunned in every conceivable category by Klitschko.
Unlike most of his previous fights, Povetkin will not be in there against a guy who is washed up, or fat, or a blown-up cruiserweight, or loser of 15 fights. Povetkin was given a gift against Marco Huck, and was gasping for breath the last four rounds of that fight.
He then fought Hasim Rahman, who was about 75 years old, and then knocked out whoever that last nobody was.
I don't see any weapon Povetkin has to threaten Klitschko unless he lands a wild one in an exchange. Klitschko domiantes, breaks down Povetkin and knocks him out.
Record: 15-7 [Chavez Jr. TKO 10 Vera]
Wladimir Klitschko W 12 Alexander Povetkin: This should be easy enough, right? Alexander Povetkin the best of a sorry lot.
Record: 11-9 [Chavez Jr. W 10 Vera]
Wladimir Klitschko TKO 10 Alexander Povetkin: I can't see this fight going the distance. Wladimir Klitschko will enter the ring with his usual advantages in height and reach.
He's also the more powerful boxer. Alexander Povetkin is tough and durable, but limited. His cause wasn't helped by his struggles with Marco Huck last year.
Record: 5-3 [Chavez Jr. W 10 Vera]
Wladimir Klitschko KO Alexander Povetkin: How can you not like Wladimir Klitschko in this fight? Yes, Alexander Povetkin has the proverbial "punchers chance" -- who doesn't against Wladimir's notoriously bad chin?
Record: 16-7 [Chavez Jr. TKO Vera]
Wladimir Klitschko KO Alexander Povetkin: Three things really stand out in this fight: 1) Referee Luis Pabon can sometimes forget that no one paid to see him and can be way over officious; 2) the fight is on Alexander Pvetkin's turf in Moscow; and, 3) the styles of the fighters could mesh quite well.
Record: 15-8 [Chavez Jr. KO Vera]
Wladimir Klitschko KO 9 Alexander Povetkin: Alexander Povetkin could barely get past cruiserweight Marco Huck last year. How is he supposed to beat Wladimir Klitschko?
Record: 12-6 [Chave Jr. KO 9 Vera]
Wladimir Klitschko KO 10 Alexander Povetkin: I think Wladimir Klitschko is as close to unbeatable as it gets. I don't see Alexander Povetkin giving him any problems either.
Wladimir Klitschko W 12 Alexander Povetkin: I believe this fight won't be much different than any other Wladimir Klitschko fight from the past five or six years.
Record: 15-5 [Chavez Jr. W 10 Vera]
Wladimir Klitschko UD 12 Alexander Povetkin: This is an interesting fight because Alexander Povetkin is undefeated, has some power, and the fight is on his home turf.
The Wladimir Klitschko that we have seen the last four years or so shouldn't have much of a problem beating Povetkin.
Wladimir Klitschko TKO over Alexander Povetkin: Wladimir Klitschko will use his four-inch height and six-inch reach advantage to do what he does best – use that heavy jab to keep Alexander Povetkin at bay, and set up his power shots.
Record: 12-5 [Garcia SD 12 Matthysse]
By a shutout, 18-0, the experts select Wladimir to dominate his RING, IBF WBA and WBO heavyweight championship defense against Alexander Povetkin.
[Note: Martinez-Burgos was a draw, meaning all who selected otherwise received a loss]
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