By Alexey Sukachev
Crocus City Hall, Moscow - WBA "regular" heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18KOs) destroyed previously undefeated Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-1, 13KOs) in three rounds. After an slow first round, Povetkin opened up in the second with a hard right hand to drop Wawrzyk hard. Wawrzyk beat the count and took punishment until the bell. In the third Povetkin dropped Wawrzyk two more times with hard lefts and rights to force the stoppage. Wawrzyk was cut, bloody and hurt when the referee saved him from further punishment.
Povetkin looked very determined, put his punches together in fast but deadly combinations (mostly combining his left uppercut with his left hook). Finally, he found a room for a huge straight right hand in the second round, which landed squarely on the Pole's whiskers. And down went Wawrzyk. He did jump up at the count of "two" by referee Russell Mora, which wasn't a smart move at all. Povetkin went into kill mode but failed to finish Wawrzyk off in the second stanza. However, the Pole was bleeding profusely from his nose after this round.
The third stanza proved to be the last one. Povetkin started off a bit slowly, looking at the effects of the thunderous second stanza. Then he went for the finish. Another right hand rocked Wawrzyk but he managed to retain his upright position. But the Povetkin stormed in, swinging furiously at the shaken Pole. After another right hand from the Russian "Vityaz" (Russian word for a "Knight") he almost went down but didn't touch the ground because of the ropes. Mora correctly ruled it a knockdown. With his face being a bloody mess at this point, Wawrzyk had little left but bravely continued to fight and to take punishment. Soon, it was finished for good. Alexander landed several more punches, including a pair of left hooks, which had Wawrzyk down squarely on his back. Russell Mora didn't bother to count and wawed it off at 2:23 of the third round.
"I just wanted to show some offensive arsenal", commented Povetkin right afterwards. "I trained for a longer fight but, well, it has ended pretty fast."
"I planned for Sasha to knock him [Wawrzyk] out in the fourth but he has exceeded my expectations - that was a great bonus", said Russian top prizefighter in history and Povetkin's head coach Kostya Tszyu.
With Vitaliy Klitschko (as well as Nikolay Valuev, Magomed Abdusalamov and a number of other renowned pugilists) watching at ringside and smiling kindly, Povetkin confirmed: "Wladimir Klitschko is my next goal and my next opponent".
Povetkin now moves forward to a fall showdown with IBO/WBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in the fall. Klitschko-Povetkin will take place in Moscow and Russian promoter Vladimir Hryunov won the promotionsl rights with a purse bid win of $23 million dollars.
Former amateur standout Dmitry Chudinov (9-0-1, 6 KOs) got easily his biggest career win, stopping battle-tested veteran journeyman and perennial fringe contender Grady Brewer after three rounds.
Chudinov, a bit slow, a bit flat-footed, was physically much stronger than his opponent and started to rough and to stalk the 42-year old fighter from Lawton, Oklahoma. Brewer (now 30-16, 16 KOs), 16 years older than Chudinov, wasn't any near as good and as formidable as he had been in his latest fights against Giorbis Bartelemy and Osumana Adama. He was battling on unsteady legs, eating much, delivering far less. Late into the opening stanza, Brewer was rocked badly with a... left hook to the liver, what do you think?! This punch took a very big toll on the American, as he was rapidly fading after that in rounds two and three. Chudinov was pressing forward and landed a number of punches, though precision wasn't his best weapon. However, he overwhelmed Brewer with an assortment and number of hard, damaging blows. Finally, he retired on his stool between rounds three and four citing a damaged body. In a post-fight quickie, Chudinov was very complimentary of Brewer, praising his for a great effort, which in fact wasn't great at all.
No Radamel Falcao to help team Colombia, as they have been finished off 3-0 by Team Russia in a virtual duel, which formed the first part of the show at Crocus City Hall in Myakinino, Moscow, Russia. The plate has been cemented by the PABA lightweight titlist Eduard "Eagle" Troyanovskiy (15-0, 12 KOs), who dispatched his hapless foe Luis Zambrano in just two rounds.
WBA #4 Troyanovskiy was making the third defense of the title and for the third consecutive time - against a Colombian opponent. Meanwhile, Zambrano, who hasn't fought for a year and a half, made a considerable leap up in weight, moving all way up from 122 pounds. A huge size disparity was on show early on, as smaller, shorter Colombian helplessly tried to pressure bigger and, surprisingly, better moving Russian fighter. Midst into the first, Troyanovskiy connected with a horrific left half-a-hook-half-an-uppercut, which dropped Zambrano. Then, in the second, Eduard compiled a familiar trick from the different point of view, effectively destroying the Colombian with a single shot to the body - but this time it was a right hook to the spleen, which had Zambrano out during the last minute of the second stanza.
Looks like the end of the road for 38-year old Colombian veteran Oney Valdez (22-17-1, 16 KOs). Once a world title challenger (went the distance with Nobuhiro Ishida, despite losing a one-sided unanimous decision), who had wins over previously undefeated fellow compatriots Dionisio Miranda and Jhon Berrio, was knocked out in two by totally unheralded Russian rookie Alexey Stakanchikov (just 0-1, coming in), Stakanchikov was all over Valdez from the opening bell. The Colombian replied well to his aggression, mixing right and left uppercuts but it wasn't enough. Midst into the second round, the Russian landed a major left hook to the liver, and Valdez went down and out. Russia vs. Colombia - 2:0 and going on...
Russian middleweight Arif Magomedov (5-0, 4 KOs) kicked off the big Moscow fight night in style and notched his fifth consecutive victory in 2013, stopping unusually dangerous Colombian opponent Segundo Herrera in three thrilling rounds. Herrera, 36 and just 4-22-2, with a single kayo, coming into this bout, proved to be considerably better than his record suggests. In the first, he was within a punch from an upset, after dropping Magomedov twice with huge counter hooks. In the second, the local fighter, 20 and fighting just five months as a pro, started to overcome this sudden adversity by going hard to Herrera's body. Attention, paid to the ribs, spleen and liver of the Colombian, has worked off in the third stanza, when Magomedov firstly weakened his for with constant pressure and then finished him off at approximately 1:46 of the round with a crushing left hook to the liver.