Povetkin vs Hammer: Stats and factsWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Elite-level heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (33-1, 23 KO) cruised to a lopsided points win over Christian Hammer (22-5, 12 KOs) in their WBA heavyweight title eliminator match on Friday night at the DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia last week.
Povetkin, who often landed left hooks to head and body, was simply too polished for his much larger German foe who gained a pyrrhic victory by going the distance, despite his incessant holding.
Despite his dominance, some insist Povetkin would still be outgunned by Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua. Nevertheless, Povetkin is the mandatory opponent for Joshua (the WBA/IBF Heavyweight Champion) whose team is in the apparent latter stages of finalizing a unification showdown with WBO belt holder Joseph Parker of Australia.
“I have confirmation from WBA that Anthony Joshua must fight the Povetkin-Hammer,” said Povetkin’s promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy.
With all of the buzz the three heavyweight champions (Deontay Wilder / WBC, Joshua and Parker) are getting, Povetkin is a forgotten man outside of Russia yet remains legitimate threat to any belt holder.
The 38-year Russian Olympic Gold medal winner is one of the most accomplished amateur heavyweights ever. And after winning the gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics, he finished his amateur career with a record of 125–7, with all losses avenged. Hence, as a long-time amateur career and lengthy stint as a pro, he's defeated everyone he's faced sans Wladimir Klitschko. He lost a decision tilt to Wladimir in a messy, mauling affair in 2013.
Povetkin has solid power in both hands and underrated hand-speed. He's also quite durable, has a great sense of awareness in the ring, closes the distance well, applies intelligent pressure, and is a fine combination puncher.
The more popular heavyweights will avoid Povetkin as long as they can.
Povetkin vs Hammer
Result: Alexander Povetkin UD 12 Christian Hammer
Location: DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Referee: Dave Parris
Judge Matteo Montella 120-108
Judge Joerg Milke 119-109
Judge Bence Kovacs 120-107'
Weights: Povetkin 223 lbs; Hammer 245¼ lbs
Supervisor: Istvan Kovacs
Supervisor: Renzo Bagnariol
Promoter: German Titov (RCC Boxing Promotions)
Broadcast: Russian Match TV, Sky Sports (UK) (Main Event)
Title: WBA heavyweight title eliminator
- Hammer had one point deducted in round seven for holding.
- Povetkin notches seventh consecutive win.
- WBA Ratings entering the bout: Povetkin #2; Hammer #3.