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Maske Blames Atlas For Povetkin's Flaws Against Huck

By Ruslan Chikov

Henry Maske, former champion and German boxing legend, placed some of the blame on Teddy Atlas, the former trainer of heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16KOs), for the Russian champion's struggles on Saturday night in Stuttgart, Germany against WBO cruiserweight king Marco Huck (34-2, 25KOs). During the course of the fight, Povetkin was hurt, he was visibly exhausted and he was lucky to win a majority decision to retain his WBA "regular" title.

In the opinion of Maske, Atlas never sharpened up Povetkin's defensive skills. The German legend says Povetkin's new trainer, Alexander Zimin of Russia, was unable to fix Povetkin's defensive gaps in a such a short time period. Zimin took over the training camp on short-notice after Atlas refused to travel to Russia to train Povetkin.

Maske was also critical of referee Luis Pabon, who allowed Povetkin to duck very low throughout the entire fight without issuing any warnings or points being deducted. 

“Povetkin defeated himself [in the fight]. His previous trainer, Teddy Atlas, paid very little attention to defense, and [Povetkin's] new coach was unable to correct [his defensive flaws and stamina] in only three weeks. [Huck's trainer] Ulli Wegner is right, that Povetkin was getting too low [to avoid punches]. That simply means that didn’t have enough strength to stay vertical. The referee should have prevented him from fighting like that," Maske said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 02-27-2012

does all this matter? a boring fight, 1 where Povetkin should have dominated, but poor conditing, as was evident, both the trainer/boxers fault, no 1 elses...

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 02-26-2012

Teddy Atlas was doing good work in slowly bringing Povetkin along and teaching him the American style of boxing. Unfortunately Povetkin's management is in a hurry to cash in on him so they don't have the patience to let Sasha…

Comment by joe strong on 02-26-2012

making excuses for povetkin.i thought atlas did a decent job. he was 8-0 with 2 interim title fights under atlas. he got decent wins over chagaev & boswell. i don't think atlas was an issue...

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 02-26-2012

I can't wait for the next espn friday night fights to hear Atlas's comments about this fight and if he 'll say anything about this excuse.

Comment by Corelone on 02-26-2012

[QUOTE=Freedom.;11826824]Maske beat Virgil Hill in the rematch. Did he blame and fire his trainer after the loss, or did he knuckle down and train like he was supposed to for the rematch?

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