Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) retained his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles by winning a sloppy unanimous 12-round decision over game Russian Alexander Povetkin (26-1, 18 KOs) at the Olimpiysky Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
All three judges (including doghouseboxing.com) scored the fight 119-104 for Klitschko.
The bout was televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Povetkin came out fast in the opening stanza. Klitschko looked surprised as the challenger swung for the fences. He was forced to clinch. In the last minute of the round, his long jab began to find Povetkin’s face. A left hook also stung Povetkin.
In round two, that same Klitschko left hook dropped Povetkin. It was the first time in his career that he had been knocked down. Klitscsko worked his jab in round three. Povetkin went to the body, but with middling success. Klitschko continued to smoother and hold him on the inside.
Povetkin tried to bull rush Klitschko in round four. He wasn’t winning any rounds, but he was making the champion work. The limited action was making the sellout crowd restless. In round five, Povetkin touched Klitschko with a long right hand. The punch had no effect. Klitschko countered back with a combination and tied Povetkin up.
The Moscow crowd whistled louder in round six. It was easy to understand why. Klitschko was making no attempt to fight on the inside. He’d miss a punch and fall into a clinch. Povetkin kept pressing forward. His only chance was to land a heavy blow.
Povetkin looked discouraged in round seven. He had tried to rough up Klitschko, but the strategy had failed. A hard Klitschko right - followed by a push knocked him down for the second time in the fight. He pulled himself up and gazed at his corner. Klitschko opened up and floored Povetkin two more times during the round.
To his credit, Povetkin fought back in round eight. Klitschko looked winded. A right hand connected. Klitschko went back to using his jab. His uppercut couldn’t miss. Povetkin was game, but outgunned.
In round nine, Klitschko landed two hard left hooks. Povetkin’s left eye was swollen. Shockingly, round 10 started with a clinch. Klitschko used the ring and stuck out his left. A right hand also landed. Povetkin couldn’t do much, but his heart wouldn’t allow him to quit.
Povetkin landed a jab that made Klitschko lose his balance in round 11. His hometown crowd roared, but Klitschko gathered himself. A minute later a combination wobbled Povetkin. Referee Luis Pabon took a point a way from Klitschko for pushing. The action was the correct one. It‘s fair to ask why it had taken Pabon so long.
In round 12, both fighters held on. Povetkin’s face was bloody.
A right hand found Klitschko’s chin, but the champion moved away and countered back. His dominance was complete.
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