Originally Posted by micky
I've always liked Povetkin but I have to confess I scored it a draw and Huck is far from my favourite fighter.
I thought Povetkin started well but I thought Huck shook him several times and to be honest I thought if the last round was a minute longer Huck would have stopped Alexander.
Something clearly went from Povetkin over the past 2 years, not sure what has happened but he is not the same fighter and to be honest I don't think he ever will be, he still has some nice moves and throws a decent combination once in a while but he is not the fighter that burst onto our scene a few years ago.
Huck surprised me with his ability to take the shots and keep up a decent pace, how much of that was down to Povetkin just not being the fighter he was, I don't really know.
I think they will just try and hold the title as long as they can and make plenty of money from it and then perhaps cash in with a big fight against Klitschko or possibly Haye in the uk if he can get himself licensed.
Well the WBA rule with the Regular and Super Titles is that they have to Unify within 18 months so Povetkin only has until next February, about 1 year. So assuming Rahman mandatory, Huckic rematch then maybe a bigger fight vs Chisora, Adamek, Haye or somebody but that would involved risk and i don't know how much faith his people have in him.
That said, we talking about the WBA who had N'jikam as Interm, Golovkin regular, and Sturm Super Champion and Sturm has made something like 5 voluntary defenses and has been allowed to avoid Gennady as was N'jikam for about 2 years so who knows. Povetkin is turning 33 this year if he doesnt step up and fight a Klychko then he never will and will miss out on that payday. Giving up the WBA regular title rather than face Volodymyr in a year just like he did with his IBF Mandatory staus wouldn't suprise me either.
Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist but i think it's likely that there are some "powers that be" in Russia behind Povetkin who are helping to influence his decisions because they don't want to see a "Great Russian" get brutally destroyed by a "Little Ukrainian"