“A rematch will happen. The younger Klitschko cannot stay the champion forever. The first fight was rough, and the loss is still burning Alexander inside. He needs a rematch in order to fix it. Alexander achieved becoming a champion. As far as where the location, Kiev is not right for it. The pressure there will be too high, and Povetkin should avoid fighting there,” said former WBC champion Oleg Maskaev.
The Povetkin vs. Klitschko bout in Moscow, Russia, in October of 2013 generated not only great interest, but also a colossal profit for everyone involved. When it comes to finances, things like venue have to be considered in order to maximize revenue. Continue reading
Boxing fans are going to have to wait a little awhile before WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) defends his WBC title against his mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas says the Wilder-Povetkin fight likely won’t take place until 2016. He says it takes a lot of time to negotiate big fights against fighters like Povetkin and Tyson Fury.
In the meantime, Wilder will be looking to fight against in three months on September 26th against the likes of Tony Thompson or Chris Arreola. It’s a voluntary defense for Wilder so he’s not going to be fighting a top five contender like Anthony Joshua, Vyacheslav Glazkov or Bryant Jennings. Continue reading
The main event of the action-packed card at the Luzhniki arena in Moscow last night was the shortest fight of the night. Alexander Povetkin (29-1) sandbagged highly regarded Mike Perez (21-2-1) for half a round and cemented his mandatory WBC spot by winning the WBC Silver heavyweight title. He was already number 1 in the rankings prior to the fight.
Both competitors had notable amateur background. Alexander Povetkin won Olympic gold in Athens and Perez was a successful amateur for the Cuban national team winning the World Junior Championship in 2004. He later grew up to cruiser weight but failed to secure a spot in the national team having mixed success against the top dogs. Irish boxing promoter Gary Hyde spotted him at a tournament and lured Perez into defecting from Cuba. He arranged the prospect’s escape from the Island of Freedom using the services of a Mexican cartel. Perez was required to swim offshore from Cuba and board a cartel vessel in neutral waters and he ended up being hostage for 9 days until Hyde was able to pay what the cartel demanded for Perez’s release. Continue reading
I never think the Russian’s do a bad job of putting on a decent show – and tonight’s card from Moscow that was headlined by the extremely brief one round WBC heavyweight final eliminator fight between Alexander Povetkin and Mike Perez, was certainly better than some of the domestic cards offered up as competitive in the UK lately.
If we learned anything, it’s that the current WBC champion Deontay Wilder is potentially in a hell of a lot of trouble! Continue reading
In a total annihilation, WBC Silver heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (29-1, 21 KOs) blasted out an over-matched and pudgy looking No.2 WBC Mike Perez (21-2-1, 13 KOs) tonight in stopping him in the 1st round after brutally knocking him down twice in their World Boxing Council heavyweight title eliminator at the Luzhniki, in Moscow, Russia.
The 35-year-old Povetkin caught Perez by surprised early in the round with a right hand to the head that staggered him and caused him to back up a step. The 29-year-old Perez was badly shaken from the shot, and there was no way he was going to be able to recover from that punch. He just too hurt. Sure enough, moments later, Povetkin landed a clean right hand to the chin of Perez, sending him down on the canvas on his back. The chubby-looking Perez was able to get up from the knockdown, but his legs were totally gone. Continue reading
ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes to Present Exclusive U.S. Coverage of Povetkin vs. Pérez WBC Heavyweight Title Eliminator
ESPN3 Presentation to Include: Drozd vs. Janik WBC World Cruiserweight Title Fight, Chakhkiev vs. Wright, Kudryashov vs. Meroro
ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes will present exclusive coverage in the U.S. of the 12-round WBC World Heavyweight title eliminator between contenders Alexander Povetkin (28-1-1, 20 KOs) and Mike Pérez (21-1-0, 13 KOs) on Friday, May 22. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight belt. The card, from Moscow is presented by K2 Promotions. Continue reading
Weigh-In Results from Moscow:
– Alexander Povetkin 105.1 kg vs Mike Perez 109.1 kg
– Grigory Drozd 90.6 kg vs Lukasz Janik 90.7 kg
– Rakhim Chakhkiev 90.4 kg vs Junior Anthony Wright 89.8 kg
– Dmitri Kudryashov 90.7 kg vs Vikapita Meroro 90.8 kg
– Svetlana Kulakov 64.1 kg vs Marie Riderer 62.8 kg
– Dmitry Bivol 80.7 kg vs Joe Vegas of 81.5 kg
– Ramzan Baysarov 71.5 kg – Andrei Polyakov 69.4 kg
– Manuel Charr , 114.6 kg vs Alex Leapai 114.6 kg Continue reading
Photo: vsenabox.ru – The titanic heavyweight clash between big-hitters Alexander Povetkin and Mike Perez to see who will be next up for a shot at Deontay Wilder’s WBC title will be screened live and exclusive on BoxNation on May 22.
The pair meet at Luzhniki Arena in Moscow as they compete in a final eliminator for a chance to fight for the illustrious WBC green belt which was captured by the flashy and charismatic Wilder earlier this year when he overcame the brave Bermane Stiverne.
Povetkin and Perez, rated number one and two respectively by the WBC, are two of the very best heavyweights around and share only a single defeat each on their records, with 35-year-old Povetkin’s coming against the legendary Wladimir Klitschko two years ago. Continue reading
One fight that sadly seems to have been flying under the radar just a little bit is this Friday’s intriguing heavyweight dust-up between Russia’s Alexander Povetkin (28-1, 20ko) and Irish based Cuban Mike Perez (21-1-1, 13ko) that will be broadcast live from Moscow on Boxnation in the UK/ESPN2 in the States.
The two will be contesting the lightly regarded WBC Silver title, yet the real prize is that this is a final eliminator to face newly crowned champion Deontay Wilder – who will make the maiden defence of his own title against the unfancied and unheralded Eric Molina on June 20th. Continue reading
Maybe it’s his dominance in the heavyweight division, his skill-set and physical abilities above those who challenge him, and perhaps his opposition doesn’t have that explosive marketability, but it seems as though Wladimir Klitschko doesn’t have to push himself too hard in his title defenses, making his fights seem effortless and even static to a degree. It’s a rare occurrence for the boxing community to get excited about any of his bouts.
The last fight that I can think of, where there was genuine interest and enthusiasm from the boxing fans as well as the media, was when Wladimir faced Alexander Povetkin in Moscow, Russia, last October. That fight was not only a popularity success, but also one of the biggest financial accomplishments for team Klitschko. Continue reading