Alexander Povetkin just destroyed Cuban Heavyweight Mike Perez in 90 seconds overnight. A huge right hand buckled the legs of the Cuban, who then got tagged again with another monstrous right hook early in the fight. Perez went down and amazingly got up, but he was in no condition to continue fighting. The referee made a poor decision in letting the bout go on since the Cuban was already in a bad way & out on his feet. When the action resumed Povetkin just teed off on Perez and the fight was over. This was a surprisingly brutal performance in a bout which many boxing experts thought would go the distance or at least into the latter stages.
So What does this win mean for Povetkin?
This win rates as one of the best performances of Povetkin’s career. Mike Perez was a well recognized opponent, but the way he got brutally destroyed in 90 seconds was very impressive. It’s worth noting though that Mike Perez hasn’t been the same fighter since his tragic win over Magomed Abdusalamov. Povetkin is now the mandatory challenger for the WBC Heavyweight Title, held by American Deontay Wilder.
Will Povetkin vs Wilder Happen?
This fight simply won’t happen. Despite Wilder talking it up on twitter again. He is yet to realize Povetkin’s promoter/managers have just as much money as Al Haymon & his team of investors. So when this scheduled bout goes to a purse bid, it’s highly likely that Povetkins team will win the bid. Will Wilder then fly to Russia to defend his title? I would say there is a very good chance he will vacate the belt.
Charr Defeats Leapai by Decision.
This was a fun fight to watch. It was very even throughout the first five rounds. Leapai as usual was brawling and landing some significant power shots. However Charr has a good chin and he simply outboxed and fought his way through the Australian’s high guard as the fight went on. Leapai’s conditioning let him down as the Australian looked a little over weight. It’s worth noting that Leapai took the fight on short notice. Overall it was a fun fight to watch and Charr was entertaining the fans throughout, doing the Ali foot shuffle and at one stage in between rounds doing a handstand. The handstand was poor, however Charr's performance was quite entertaining and Leapai put in a valiant effort, but once again came up short in an important fight.