Povetkin Steamrolls Perez in Moscow

Alex Povetkin had his way with Mike Perez in Moscow on Friday, scoring a TKO1 win over the Cuban, who didn’t look at all engaged from the start.

Povetkin gets a crack at the belt now held by Deontay Wilder, and Wilder puts it up for grabs June 13, against Eric Molina in Alabama.

A down the pipe right buzzed the lefty Perez in round one. His pawing jab didn’t bother the Russian in the least, and he unloaded with power right away. When Perez backed up off the right, Povetkin slid forward, sensing a finishing pop. He feinted, feinted, hurled a right hook, and down went Perez, on his butt, at 1:46. He rose, on iffy legs and using unfocused eyes. A

clipping right sent Perez, who looked intixicatedly out of it, crashing to the ropes and the ref waved off the proceedings, at 1:28. Povetkin didn’t need to get up a sweat, and in fact didn’t perspire, and for that matter, neither did the Cuban, who looks to, maybe, be at the end of the round. The 35-year-old Povetkin is 29-1, while the 29-year-old lefty is 21-2-1. He’s 1-2-1, in his last last four, and before that, he “won” a UD10 over Magomed Abdusalamov, a victory which left Mago brain damaged, and Perez, maybe, permanently scarred mentally, for what his fists had done.

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COMMENTS

-Chris L :

I like Perez so was bad to see him lose so decisively. Povetkin looked like a beast in there though - his back looked a bit like the Hulks I thought. Was a good example of Povetkin obtaining an angle where he could unleash hell (in the form of his right hand), with Perez being able to do nothing offensively as he had to turn to face Povetkin.


-Domenic :

Wow, TKO1. I think Perez' career ended with Mago's that November night in MSG.


-amayseng :

Wow, TKO1. I think Perez' career ended with Mago's that November night in MSG.
Sure has. Sadly he was never able to overcome what happened. Can't blame him really.


-Domenic :

Sure has. Sadly he was never able to overcome what happened. Can't blame him really.
You're right. That was one of the best heavyweight fights in recent years and sadly it wrecked both guys. Very tragic.


-The Shadow :

Wow, TKO1. I think Perez' career ended with Mago's that November night in MSG.
Damn I was just telling my boy that yesterday after hearing the result! It's like his fighting spirit left him with that tragic episode. To be quite frank, and somewhat crude -- but this is a crude business, after all -- he's from the Cuban School, a system of boxing similar to flag football or street basketball. You fight your friends, you beat them by outflashing them, hit-and-not-get-hit, then you travel abroad and embarrass others. It's a boxing, yes, but it doesn't have the same type of brutal physicality. NFL has it. Even the NBA. It seems like the Escuelitas take as much joy, if not more, in making someone miss a shot wildly than knocking someone down. Perez just doesn't seem to have that heart for inflicting punishment. I told my friend, this guy is traumatized. He's way more skillful than By By Jennings, though Jennings is solid. I even texted Editor Mike when the fight was on, "he's taking him to Cuban School." But his heart just doesn't seem like it's there after what happened to Magomed A. (Don't know how to spell his name without checking.) On the other hand, a guy like Kovalev, after he accidentally killed the guy in the ring, it was like it fed his warrior spirit. Before that, he was getting beaten from pillar to post by Golovkin in sparring, losing confidence, probably even looking under the bed for GGG. After that tragic accident happened (which I'm sure Sergey Kovalev, the civilian regrets) it was like the incident fed the Krusher's warrior spirit. Shortly after he starts sadistically knocking people out, laughs at them when they collapse, giggles when they wobble and will thrust his hips like Adrien Broner before unleashing a barrage. Look at how he laughed with sadistic joy as he pointed at Jean Pascal falling as if to say "look at this monkey stumbling about. He's no match for me. Ha. Ha." Some guys are just natural fighters. Kovalev obviously is. Mike Tyson obviously was. Perez clearly isn't.


-Domenic :

I think you're right, and that's an astute observation about Kovalev. Some guys -Gabriel Ruelas, Jesus Chavez, Nigel Benn, and now Mike Perez- aren't ever quite the same after prevailing in a fight with tragic consequences. Speaking of Mago, this is a fairly recent article.
->http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/sports/meet-mago-former-heavyweight.html?_r=0


-Radam G :

MP is finished. He will never be the pug that he could have been. The tragic with Mago has taken all the mean, lean killer instinct out of him. Holla!


-amayseng :

I think you're right, and that's an astute observation about Kovalev. Some guys -Gabriel Ruelas, Jesus Chavez, Nigel Benn, and now Mike Perez- aren't ever quite the same after prevailing in a fight with tragic consequences. Speaking of Mago, this is a fairly recent article.
->http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/sports/meet-mago-former-heavyweight.html?_r=0
thanks for the link Domenic. Good Lord what a difficult read.


-deepwater2 :

On that note , I got povetkin over wilder if it happens.