Boxing Preview – Alexander Povetkin vs Mike Perez

Boxing Preview – Alexander Povetkin vs Mike Perez

Alexander Povetkin vs Mike Perez

I mentioned earlier about the heavyweight main event which sees the WBC Silver belt on the line over 12 rounds. This features two of the higher ranked heavyweights in the world today with the winner earning a shot at Deontay Wilder and the WBC World heavyweight championship, so there’s all to play for. The aged but still incredibly impressive Alexander Povetkin will fend off the challenge from the Cuban prospect, Mike Perez.

We are expecting Povetkin to win the fight on points which is a healthy evens bet. Plus if you ‘Treble the Odds’ on your first bet, you can make that £10 stake go even further. Click here or the banner below, to take advantage of this offer. 

Perez had a shining amateur career coming out of the highly credited Cuban amateur system, and he has shown his excellence in the professional game, so far carving a 23 fight record, with 21 wins, 13 stoppages, a draw, and his single loss coming to Bryant Jennings in his second from last bout. His draw was a majority draw against Carlos Takam in January 2014, with the only decisive card scoring a round in Takam’s favour. He got back to winning ways in his most recent bout, stopping Darnell Wilson in the second round in February.

As is expected from a Cuban amateur, his pure Boxing ability is second to none, and his combination and counter punching is tantalising. The damage he did to Magomed Abdusalamov, despite how upsetting it is, show that he has some ping behind his shots. He’s very smart as a southpaw heavyweight which isn’t often seen. His defence is also good. He seemingly struggled against fighters who force the fight on to him and it seems the win against Abdusalamov has almost intimidated Perez into having a higher punch output. Perez needs to bully Povetkin in this tilt and force him to an uncomfortable zone where Perez can negate his jab and earn points with solid counters.

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Povetkin has been brinking on being a World champion for a while now, and despite Klitschko bullying him in his only shot, he still has the tools to remain as a legitimate contender in the division. With wins over Andrzej Wawryzk, Marco Huck, Ruslan Chagaev, and a then unbeaten Eddie Chambers only two years into his career, Povetkin still has the division on notice. He knocked out Manuel Charr in the 7th after his Klitschko loss, and then most recently knocked out Carlos Takam in the 10th in a fight of the year contender in October. Povetkin has won 28 of 29 bouts, with 20 coming by stoppage.

Povetkin has a brash ‘come forward’ style which is quite dangerous based on his size and hard punching ability. He is quite a calculated puncher as well who times his shots very well. If one of his shots were to stumble Perez, his finishing instinct would more than likely put the fight to bed. He was exposed by Klitschko as the first real power puncher he faced, and was put on the canvas four times, if Perez uses his more compact frame to attack the body, this could really bother Povetkin. Povetkin needs to snipe that jab well but also use his frame to become the aggressor in this bout and then keep taking away Perez’ punching by having the higher punch output.

I think this is a fair fight in terms of naming the next World title contender and the winner will definitely be quite a level up from who Wilder has faced before. The two also have two styles which could make this fight pretty fun, however I feel as if Povetkin has taken a lot from the Klitschko loss and has only bettered himself. His finishing and twelve round engine has been evident in his previous three bouts especially and that’s something that has worried me about Perez who has been struggling down the stretch. I think this will be close, but I also don’t see Perez being willing enough to engage in a war with Povetkin, and ultimately, if he can’t bully him, the swing rounds will be scored in Povetkin’s favour seeing as the fight is taking place in Povetkin’s native Russia. Povetkin to stylishly Box his way to a unanimous decision victory, earning the chance to take a World championship from Deontay Wilder.

Dan Glozier.

 

 

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