Pirog: Povetkin Needs To Get Inside To Beat Klitschko

By Gregory Stangrit

Former world middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog has broken down Saturday's fight between Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51KOs), the WBO/IBO/IBF/WBA heavuweight champion, and unbeaten mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18KOs). A massive crowd is expected at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

"It will be very difficult for Alexander if he can not box at a comfortable distance. The length of Klitschko's arms allows him to keep his opponents at bay and that prevents them from getting close to him. But if Alexander will be able to break the distance, then he will have many chances to win. At a distance, Wladimir is certainly the preferable choice [to win]," Pirog said.

Gregory Stangrit covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MDPopescu on 10-03-2013

Povetkin gave up weight -- he's 224 lbs... Wlad is 245 lbs... Plus his long jabs and straight rights...

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-03-2013

[QUOTE=Cuban Linx;13802013]Pirog is correct. You have to get inside on Klitschko but the problem is that getting inside is very difficult. Povetkin has no head movement as well, so he's going to be eating a stiff jab every time he…

Comment by Daddy T on 10-03-2013

[QUOTE=Tobi.G;13804786]The problem is if you get inside with Wlad, he will lean on you and clinch to his fullest potential so you aint doing nothing. [B]Wlad always gets away with that dirty bullcrap.[/B] Its a disgrace![/QUOTE] perhaps not in russia…

Comment by Tobi.G on 10-03-2013

The problem is if you get inside with Wlad, he will lean on you and clinch to his fullest potential so you aint doing nothing. Wlad always gets away with that dirty bullcrap. Its a disgrace!

Comment by Foreign Soil on 10-02-2013

[QUOTE=ddangerous;13803053]"Former world middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog has broken down" Article could have ended there and been accurate.[/QUOTE] Very accurate.

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