Alexander Povetkin vs Carlos Takam
Former WBA heavyweight world champion, 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Russian, Alexander Povetkin, competes for the second time since his one sided decision defeat to long time world champion Wladimir Klitschko. The fight takes place in Povetkin's home country of Russia, he takes on Carlos Takam, a tough fighter, with an impressive record of 30-1, the fight is for a vacant silver WBC title.
The fight starts off at a tense pace, with Povetkin, trying to cut the ring off, is a making target as he tries to put the pressure on Takam, whilst Takam moves around the ring, makes it hard for Povetkin to let the shots go, throws less punches, is slightly out worked, but lands a couple of clean, solid punches at the end of the round. Takam starts round 2 impressively, as he makes Povetkin look clumsy, catching him with sharp, accurate counters, and in clusters of punches. Though the aggressor is Povetkin in the middle part of the round, and he makes Takam work, it is still the Cameroonian who is landing with the cleaner punches, making the home fighter miss as well. Povetkin gets the better of the final minute, as he lands 3 short right uppercuts, finishes with more force than his opponent, but still, walking onto the more accurate shots. Round 3 is interesting, Povetkin walks through more punches than he lands at the start, but manages to find his range, and find Takam's chin with some solid power shots midway through the round. Povetkin fights a little bit dirty, tries to rough Takam up in the later part of the round, he overpowers his opponent, lands with the harder shots. Takam is good with the left hook towards the end of the round, but is it Povetkin who wins the jab exchanges.
Takam is still very light on his feet in round 4, he lands the first couple of clean punches on Povetkin, but is tagged clean with a well timed left uppercut to the head by the Russian. The middle of round 4 is close, Takam, the busier, Povetkin, landing with the better quality punches. Takam lets his hands go in the last minute, throws more, lands more, with good variety, but has no affect on his opponent, as Povetkin lands a couple of solid shots, seems to hurt Takam just a little bit. Round 5 is competitive, as both fighters fight positively, Takam landing more, Povetkin landing better, there seems to be nothing in it, until Povetkin lands a fantastic left hook at the end of the middle minute, seeming to hurt Takam just slightly, and he follows it up. Povetkin seems to be having a great last minute, letting the shots go, landing solid combinations to the head of Takam, Takam, firing back, but not getting best of anything, until the end of the round, when he lands a fantastic right uppercut which lands bullseye at the end of the round, Povetkin, looking like he is tiring. Takam starts round 6 well, Povetkin responds with a good period of success himself, but Takam lands a few solid, stand out punches midway through the round. Povetkin improves as the round goes on, Takam, with his successes as well, but Povetkin, landing more, landing better, looking stronger, and landing a couple of great, railroad jabs late in the round.
Povetkin looks the more confident at the start of round 7, but before long, a still dangerous Takam, lands a flush right hand, he hurts Povetkin, who tries to hold on, clearly in some bother. Povetkin decides to opt to fight back, but comes second best in a couple of following exchanges. Povetkin comes on strong around the midway point of the round, lands a couple of great shots of his own. The round finishes competitively, as Takam and Povetkin both land a lot of clean punches, Povetkin, more aggressive, active, Takam, more accurate and measured. Round 8 is very high action, as Takam comes out, all guns blazing, really taking it to Povetkin, attacking the head and body, but Povetkin fires back, and the two go to war, throughout the round, Povetkin, ultimately landing with the more impactful punches, Takam, sharper, landing more shots. The fighters trade shots, pick up where they left off in the previous round, for 60-90 seconds of round 9, before Povetkin rocks Takam, and piles on the pressure, Takam lands a right hand, and makes Povetkin miss, looking like he is recovering, but Povetkin hurts him again, later in the round, and drops him heavily with a left hook, right hand in the last 10 seconds, Takam, in terrible trouble, gets up, but it doesn't look good for the away fighter at this point in time.
Povetkin knocks Takam spark out in round 10, quite brutally, after a fantastic fight.