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Povetkin Outpoints Chagaev for Bogus Belt; Helenius Stops Liakhovich

By August 27, 2011

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Undefeated heavyweight Alexander Povetkin passed the biggest test of his professional career with a 12-round unanimous decision win (117-113 twice and 116-112) over former beltholder Ruslan Chagaev. The win is totally legitimate. The fact that the win makes Povetkin the WBA heavyweight champ is totally bogus.

Wladimir Klitschko remains the legitimate heavyweight champ but the WBA elevated him to "super" champion status so that Povetkin and Chagaev could fight for the now conveniently "vacant" heavyweight title. What a joke.

Povetkin capped off a stellar amateur career by winning the super heavyweight gold medal at the 2004 Olympics so big things were expected of him as a pro. Instead, the 6'2" Russian has been managed extremely cautiously - some would say overprotected - and only now, at the age of 31, appears prepared to challenge the division's elite fighters. Povetkin may have a belt now, but until he (or anyone else) beats one of the Klitschko brothers in the ring, no one will recognize him as a true heavyweight champion.

In the co-feature, 6'6" Robert Helenius raised his record to 16-0 with a ninth-round TKO of former WBO beltholder Sergei Liakhovich. Helenius knocked Liakhovich down late in round eight and finished him off just 19 seconds into the following round. At 27, Helenius remains a work in progress but has the size and power to provide the heavyweight division with a desperately needed dose of excitement. The "Nordic Nightmare" has now scored stoppage wins over three former champs: Liakhovich, Samuel Peter (KO 9 in April) and Lamon Brewster (TKO 8 in 2010).

Comments

August 28, 2011 at 8:59 am
(1) Mike says:

Two good heavyweight fights on one card whats going on?Come on America previous home of boxing, it is slipping further and further away. Make these good fights happen, give the fans what they want unless you want to hand world pugilistic dominance to other countries. First we lose Olympic dominance then heavyweight supremacy, is there to be a continuing trend down through the weights. The lower weights are already firmly in the grasp of other nations, we are still fairly strong in ”middle” weight categories but not dominant. We keep hearing about boxing’s demise, maybe in this country, but certainly not world wide. Believe it or not there is a world beyond these shores. What are they doing right? (Joke about the W.B.A. World title appendage, all about the money not history)
Wealth Brings Acceptance.

August 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm
(2) Martin says:

It’s a shame that such good boxing (probably the best heavy-weight fight I’ve seen in three years) was not shown on TV in US. Are those guys in EPSN, Showtime, HBO boxing business too arrogant about non-US fighters or plain stupid?

August 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm
(3) John says:

WOW! Helenius really surprised me. What a boxer. I think he will be the champ one day.

August 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm
(4) Ben Wiser says:

@Martin
The fight was on Epix

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