Alexander Povetkin vs David Price
On the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker (WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight world title fight), former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, Liverpudlian, David Price, faces a very difficult mission as he takes on former WBA heavyweight world champion, Russia's Alexander Povetkin.
Despite height, reach, weight, and age advantages, Price is more or less a unanimous underdog, as he is known for his weaknesses, his defeats, more than anything else, whilst Povetkin, aside from a one sided defeat to Wladimir Klitschko, has had a punch perfect career.
Povetkin is the aggressor to start the fight, as he throws punches in variety at Price, who blocks well, but is hesitant to commit to his own offence. Price does establish his own ability early, as he lands his jab a couple of times, and finishes the round with a right hand on the bell, which seems to hurt the Russian.
Price is insistent on standing his ground in the second round, keeping his tight guard, but Povetkin's variety, offensive skill is tough for the underdog to work around, as the Russian seems to dictate the pace.
Price takes more chances in round 3, but Povetkin is composed, and consistent. Price opens up more, throws more shots, and although he still keeps his tight guard most of the time, he is caught flush with a crushing left hook from Povetkin, still early in the round. Price is down heavily, he is hurt, but not too hurt to wallop the deck in frustration, and enthusiastically rise up to his feet. As the third round progresses, Price has more success, and Povetkin, surprisingly, seems to be struggling, with the round still competitive, Povetkin, still having success, Price seems to gain confidence. The momentum swings at the end of the round, as Price lands flush on Povetkin's jaw with a great left hook, rocking the Russian, sending him tumbling backwards into the ropes, which clearly stop him from hitting the deck, referee Howard Foster decides to declare it a knockdown. The bell comes at a time which is fortunate for Povetkin.
Povetkin and Price are both tired after 3 rounds, Povetkin is hurt, but seems to be able to recover during the minute.
Knowing he has to take risks, and knowing he can hurt his older, smaller opponent, Price fights braver in round 4, stands and trades with Povetkin, exchanges with him. The pace is high throughout round 4, Povetkin, still the better technical ability, and able to have success without exerting himself so much, Price, working himself very hard to try to drag Povetkin where he doesn't want to be, physically able to overpower Povetkin, and land with the heavier, more eye catching punches, but is frustrated by Povetkin's much superior ability to make himself hard to set up and draw onto counter punches, and the underdog is made to pay for his risk taking, as he is hit to head and body with solid shots, consistently.
Round 5 begins at a lowered pace, Price, exhausted, trying to rest before going back on the offensive, Povetkin, wary of both the danger his opponent is to him, and vise verse, patient, and intent on waiting, setting up his tiring opponent. It is Povetkin who does the work at a slow pace, takes the edge, and controls the action, and Price seems less methodical, and less controlled. Having been patient, set his opponent up well, chipped away at the body and head, Povetkin really pulls the trigger, landing flush with a devastating right hand to the head, not only hurting Price, but making him look like he is asleep on his feet, as Price loses all defensive instinct, and in a terrifying second, is completely static, and a very easy target for Povetkin who does what looks less difficult than it should be, as he follows up the right hand with a left hook, that sends Price down and out.
It is clear the fight is over, Price, barley concious, the towell comes in straight away, and there is conern for the safety of a very bloody David Price, who was knocked out in very devastating form.
Viewers are relieved to learn that despite the damage, David Price is safe, and less importantly, he is commended by most, after his valiant effort, his courage, having done better than most people thought he would, but retirement does seem likely for the humble Liverpudlian.
Alexander Povetkin struggled, was hurt, but used his experience, used his ring knowledge, took his chances at the right time, and won this fairly high profile fight in an emphatic way, making a statement in finishing the fight, and later, is revealed to be a strong candidate for the next opponent of the winner of the main event, meaning he would get the opportunity to fight for 3 of the 4 heavyweight world titles.