On Saturday, boxing’s action packed fall continues as HBO again brings us two split-site bouts. I’ll preview both fights and then provide my predictions.
Record in picking previous fights: 2-0
Wladimir Klitschko vs Alexander Povetkin, 12 Rounds, for Klitschko’s IBF/WBO/WBA Heavyweight title
There is no fighter that has been as dominant as Klitschko in a long, long time. He faces what may be his toughest test since David Haye when he faces Ukranian Alexander Povetkin in what surely will be a packed arena in Moscow. It’s been four years since Povetkin earned the right to face Klitschko but has ducked him ever since then but can you blame him? No fighter since Samuel Peter in 2006 has had a close fight with the enormous Klitschko. Behind a dominant jab and a tight defense, Klitschko has had a run of 15 consecutive title defenses which is not too far from the record. Povetkin will try and may actually land more shots than Klitschko may be accustomed to but look for Klitschko to end this late in the fight.
Klitschko KO7 Povetkin
Miguel Cotto vs Delvin Rodriguez, 12 Rounds, Junior Middleweights
Miguel Cotto makes his long awaited debut after losing to Austin Trout last December. He’s in soft with Rodriguez who has mostly been a ESPN2 fighter in his career. I believe this mismatch should never have been approved by the higher ups at HBO but they are desperate to keep Cotto on their airwaves after losing Mayweather to Showtime. Rodriguez’s size may cause Cotto some discomfort but Cotto should be able to end this early.
Cotto KO4 Rodriguez