Alexander Povetkin Brutally Stops David Price in Fifth Round

By Keith Idec

Alexander Povetkin took an important step Saturday night toward landing a shot at Anthony Joshua.

The former WBA heavyweight champion overcame a third-round knockdown to knock out David Price in the fifth round on the Joshua-Joseph Parker undercard at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Russia’s Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs) dropped England Price (22-5, 18 KOs) once apiece in the third and fifth rounds.

The 38-year-old Povetkin’s victory helped him maintain his status as the WBA’s mandatory challenger for the Joshua-Parker winner. Promoters for Povetkin and Price have discussed Joshua opposing Povetkin next if he gets past Parker in the main event Saturday night.

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Price, once considered a potential star in the United Kingdom, suffered the fifth knockout defeat of his nine-year pro career.

The 6-feet-2, 229-pound Povetkin overcame a six-inch height disadvantage and Price’s sharp jab by consistently landing to Price’s big body and setting up power shots up top.

He finished off the 6-feet-8, 256-pound Price with a vicious left hook that knocked Price flat on his back early in the fifth round. Povetkin hurt Price with an overhand right to the side of his head that left Price wide open for the crushing left hook that ended their fight.

Referee Howard Foster counted out Price soon after he hit the canvas.

Povetkin spent the fourth round carefully trying to get his legs back under him after suffering a knockdown during the third round. Price largely controlled those three minutes with his jab.

Povetkin’s left hook knocked down Price with just over two minutes to go in the third round.

Price pounded his gloves on the canvas and appeared more angry that he got dropped than he was hurt. He got up and fired hard shots of his own to keep Povetkin from capitalizing on that knockdown.

Later in the third, Price caught Povetkin with a counter left hook that wobbled Povetkin and backed him into the ropes. Foster correctly called it a knockdown because the ropes held up an off-balance Povetkin.

The round ended soon thereafter, which might’ve saved Povetkin from further trouble in the third.

Povetkin got around Price’s guard with a right-left combination late in the second round. Neither fighter did much during the first round, until Price hit Povetkin with a short left hook just before that opening round ended.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by daggum on 04-03-2018

[QUOTE=alexguiness;18628112]Some of the Hilary voters on this post need to understand that [B]knock outs are an essential part of boxing[/B], not some super dangerous, AR15 type of toxic masculinity. FFS, grow some balls.[/QUOTE] knock outs are an essential part of…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-03-2018

Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post Like I said elsewhere recently.... isn't that wild? Povetkin, actually showing up, on a Joshua undercard, so he gets noticed at a Joshua event and that…

Comment by Someone88 on 04-01-2018

Wo Price did well, excellent win for Povetkin!

Comment by Johnston on 04-01-2018

[QUOTE=Mr Objecitivity;18628280]In an even playing field, yes. But not with the bias judges and referee that Joshua had for his fights against Joseph Parker, Carlos Takam and Wladimir Klitschko. The location of the fight matters heavily.[/QUOTE] Yea the ref is…

Comment by chepboxingking on 04-01-2018

[QUOTE=PunchyPotorff;18627502]Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post Like I said elsewhere recently.... isn't that wild? Povetkin, actually showing up, on a Joshua undercard, so he gets noticed at a Joshua event and that much closer to a shot at Joshua.…

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