Joshua kept his status as the finest heavyweight on the planet with an unanimous points decision over the Kiwi but the surface fans were expecting never ever eventuated. For that, you needed to take a look at Povetkin’s bout versus Price.In a back-and-forth bout that thrilled the Welsh crowd, Povetkin moved his record to 34-1 with a fifth round interruption to claim the WBA intercontinental heavyweight title.Povetkin, whose only defeat came versus previous champ
Wladimir Klitschko in 2013, is the primary opposition for Joshua’s WBA title and need to be given a chance if the Brit wants to keep the belt.First he had to take care of Rate– and there were moments where you wondered if he ‘d fall at the last hurdle.Price had a few minutes in the opening two rounds, clipping Povetkin with a good chance at completion of the very first and snapping his head back with a jab in the second.But he understood concealing versus the Russian’s ripping lefts to the body and head.The 3rd round was a peach and had the British
commentator exclaiming “heavyweight boxing is back”. Povetkin was just too strong.Source: AP Cost opened early in the round but was made to pay as Povetkin put him down with a heavy left hook. The Englishman was furious at himself and slammed his gloves on the canvas in disappointment as he
sat up.He took that anger into the remainder of the round and returned the favour with a big left of his own that sent Povetkin reeling backwards on unsteady legs. The ropes held him up and the bell conserved him.The action steadied in the 4th
prior to Povetkin provided the killer blow in the 5th. He stunned Cost with a right, leaving the Englishman frozen with his hands down. The Russian needed no invitation to end up the job, packing up a left hook that left his challenger unconscious.Price received medical attention and went back to his feet prior to leaving the ring.Absolute sickening KO. Povetkin on Price. Gallant effort from Cost however jeez that was a heavy shot.– James Whaling(@jjwhaling)
March 31, 2018 And it’s all over! Destructive knockout for Povetkin, who connects with an overhand right then a crushing left hook. Ref didn’t even trouble counting. Definitely brutal stuff #PovetkinPrice– Mike Coppinger(@MikeCoppinger) March 31, 2018 Jesus that was harsh. Fair play to Pricey, he had Povetkin truly rocked at one point however he was in way over his head tonight. Unfortunate to see. #JoshuaParker– Sean McCormick (@S_McCormick95) March 31, 2018 Povetkin’s face on that replay. even he couldn’t think he hit cost that clean.– Morgan Campbell (@MorganPCampbell) March 31, 2018 David Cost is up and moving after a dreadful knockout at the hands of Alexander Povetkin. Thank goodness. #JoshuaParker– James Gray (@jamestingray) March 31, 2018 That was among the cleanest most brutal knockouts I’ve ever seen. Gutted for Pricey. If just
he ‘d landed that chance at the end of R3 a minute earlier. Povetkin was wobbled, however there was no time to capitalise.So close. Terrible. That’s heavyweight boxing I expect– Andy Kerr(@AndyKerrtv) March 31, 2018 ALEXANDER Povetkin placed himself for a fight with Anthony Joshua later this year by savagely finishing English giant David Rate on the undercard in the lead-up to Joshua’s heavyweight title fight versus Joseph Parker on Sunday.