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. Takam moves around the ring, makes it hard for Povetkin to let the shots go. Takam starts round 2 impressively, as he makes Povetkin look clumsy. Povetkin 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, and 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. 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, there seems to be nothing in it, until Povetkin lands a fantastic left hook, seeming to hurt Takam just slightly, but Takam, at the end of the round, lands a fantastic right uppercut which lands bullseye at the end of the round, Povetkin, looking tired. Takam starts round 6 well, Povetkin responds himself, but Takam lands a few stand out punches midway through the round. Povetkin improves, Takam, with his successes as well, but Povetkin, landing more, landing better, and landing a couple of grea jabs late in the round.
In round 7, a dangerous Takam lands a flush right hand, he hurts Povetkin, who tries to hold on, clearly in some bother. Povetkin fights back, but comes second best. 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, Takam, more accurate. 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. 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, Takam lands a right hand, and makes Povetkin miss, looking like he is recovering, but Povetkin hurts him again, late in the round, and drops him with a left hook, right hand in the last 10 seconds, Takam, in trouble, gets up, but it doesn't look good for the away fighter.
Povetkin knocks Takam spark out in round 10, quite brutally, after a fantastic fight.
After 9 completed rounds, Povetkin was ahead on all the cards, but they were all close, it was even after 8 rounds, it was only round 9, with the knockdown, that built Povetkin the 86-84 lead, and in the next round, he made the scorecards unimportant, with a brilliant KO win.