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Klitschko passes Povetkin test
Unified IBF/WBA/WBO and IBO/Ring Magazine heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) successfully defended his titles for the 15th consecutive time following last Saturday’s dominant 12-round unanimous decision victory over rival Alexander Povetkin (26-1, 18 KOs)in Moscow, Russia.
Klitschko is clearly the best heavyweight in the world. There is no one on the planet that can stop the 6’ 7,” 245-pound Klitschko. Klitschko has been heavyweight champion since April 2006 when he knocked out Chris Byrd. Klitschko has fought all over the world against many, many heavyweights of different size and stature. Klitschko simply continues to flatten his opponents and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Wladimir is 37 years old and continues to train and diet more diligently and affectively than any other heavyweight.
What else is there to say about Wladimir Klitschko that hasn’t been said over the course of the last decade. Klitschko is a machine and he refuses to be stopped. Povetkin found about Klitschko’s relentlessness first-hand.
Povetkin, like Klitschko, is a former Olympic gold medalist. Povetkin pulled out of mandatory fights with Klitschko dating back to 2008 and 2012. Povetkin waited all these years for Klitschko to get older before he fought him. A Russian promoter posted a purse-bid of more than $23 million to stage the fight in Povetkin’s hometown. It didn’t matter because; Klitschko hasn’t displayed any signs of ‘slippage.’
Klitschko’s power was unbearable for Povetkin, as the Russian tasted the canvas four times during the fight. Klitschko floored Povetkin one in the second round and three times in round seven.
Povetkin did everything he could to pressure Wladimir, but Klitschko kept peppering Povetkin with left jabs and often landed his deadly left hook.
The judges scored the bout 119-104each. Klitschko was docked one point in the eleventh round.
Nobody knows which direction Klitschko wants to go other than continuing to train diligently and to prepare for his next opponent. It’s pointless to even mention potential candidates because, is there anyone truly ready to fight Klitschko?
Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez?
Miguel Cotto proved two things following his career-reviving, third-round knockout of Delvin Rodriguez. First, Miguel Cotto is still one of the most exciting fighters in the world. Second, for 12,000 people to pack the Amway Center in Orlando, FL last Saturday against a virtual unknown outside of the Northeast proves that he still a tremendous draw worthy of another big fight.
Therefore, the allure of a Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez fight in New York is a very, very attractive fight. One idea that was recently pitched was a Cotto-Martinez fight during the weekend of the Puerto Rican Day parade at MetLife (Giants) Stadium would be a dream match.
Should the fight be made, Cotto will attempt to become the first Puerto Rican to win a world title in four different weight classes: 140, 147, 154, and 160 pounds. Can you imagine Cotto winning the WBC middleweight championship by defeating the premier middleweight champion of the world?
Sergio Martinez is an amazing fighter. His performances are thrilling and his knockouts are spectacular. Martinez is a very special fighter and has cemented a legendary career. However, at age 38, Martinez is looking toward the end of his professional boxing career. Martinez is inactive due to injuries he suffered in the ring that resulted to him having hand and knee surgeries. Martinez is still the premier middleweight champion of the world, but undefeated WBA middleweight champion Gennday Golovkin is slowly closing the gap.
Cotto proved against Rodriguez, a hardworking and tenacious, but overmatched fighter from the Dominican Republic, that he is still capable of training hard to fight hard in a big fight. Martinez hasn’t fought since April 2013 and if he opts to fight Cotto in June, that would be 14 months of inactivity for the world middleweight champion.
Middleweight King meets Pope
In addition to thrilling fight fans the world over on HBO with amazing performances, Sergio Martinez, next Wednesday, is scheduled to have a sit down with Pope Francis at the Vatican. It will mark the first meeting between a professional boxer and the Pope since the Muhammad Ali.
Martinez, who has been on an anti-bullying and domestic violence campaigns, will use this as an exciting opportunity to address his concerns on a global front.
“In the past couple of months, I will have had two of my dreams as a Catholic come true, to visit the Basilica of our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico and to be received by the Pope. I will be asking the Pope for blessings and spiritual protection to all of those who enter the ring,” said Martinez.
Martinez’ promoter Lou DiBella added: “In his short time as leader of the Catholic Church, this gentle Pope from Argentina has already changed the dialogue of his people. I am thrilled that Sergio will have a private audience with Pope Francis and that he will be able to discuss his campaigns against bullying and domestic violence.”
Martinez is set to present the Pope with a special edition WBC world championship belt with a picture of Pope Francis as well as the flag of the Vatican.
Middleweight Champions in Action!
In the upcoming weeks, two world middleweight championship fights of interest will occur one week apart.
First, undefeated WBO middleweight champion ‘Kid Chocolate’ Peter Quillin defends his title for the second time in 2013. Quillin (29-0, 21 KOs) defends against Gabriel Rosado on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins’ mandatory IBF light-heavyweight title defense against Karo Murat on Saturday, October 26, from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
Quillin is developing to be one of the most exciting middleweights in the world. In his last two fights at a Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Quillin scored a combined 10 knockdowns. In October, Quillin, in his first world title fight in October 2012, knocked down Hassan N’Jikam six times en route to an easy unanimous decision to claim the WBO 160-pound title.
In his first title defense in April, Quillin, scored four knockdowns before stopping Fernando Guerrero in seven rounds.
Quillin is expected to look sensational against Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs), a tough kid from the streets of Philadelphia.
The following week at the Theater of Madison Square Garden, New York City, Golovkin will be fighting for the second time in the famed building this year and for the fourth time this year. Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) will seek his 14th consecutive knockout victory against Brooklyn’s Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs). Golovkin will also be appearing in his tenth world title fight. Golovkin has knocked out everyone he has fought since he won the WBA title in August 2010.
Golovkin will be challenged by Stevens, the Brooklynite that has knockout power in both fists. Although Stevens has a good record and has recorded some impressive stoppages in his career, he can be out-boxed. Stevens is expected to give Golovkin fits, but the amateur pedigree and the professional style boxing, combination-punching, and movement may be too much for Stevens’ left hook to fight through.