Heavyweight Boxing Preview: David Price vs. Alexander Povetkin

The warm-up act to the main event on Saturday at the Principality Stadium in Wales is nothing short of a run-of-the-mill fight. Heavyweights David Price and Alexander Povetkin will face off in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds, with the Russian making his debut on British soil.

This is no ordinary battle for Liverpudlian David Price, who in Povetkin faces another fighter who has been busted for illegal substances in his system. Having previously faced known dopers Erkan Teper and Tony Thompson and losing to both fighters, this encounter is a crusade for revenge against those who disrespect the sport of boxing by not taking a “clean” path. Good luck to the heavyweight understudy in rebuilding a career that’s taken a few sour twists and turns in recent years.

Povetkin will be made to accept his role as public enemy on Saturday by the 90,000 strong crowd, who no doubt will back Price for the win. The Russian has few chances left in the sport of boxing and any further controversy that spills out from this event could put the final nail in his coffin.

David Price Recent Fight Record

What a step up for Price whose last appearance was in front of a handful of fans in a low-key Essex arena, now playing a starring role in a worldwide boxing event under the headline act Anthony Joshua. Motivation for a fight against a dangerous Russian doesn’t come better than that. Price has two black marks on his recent record, although one of those losses, which came against drug cheat, Teper technically can be scrubbed off.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

02/12/17 Kamil Sokolowski Brentwood Centre, Brentwood W PTS
04/02/17 Christian Hammer Olympia, Kensington L TKO
01/10/16 Ivica Perkovic Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg W TKO
29/05/16 Vaclav Pejsar Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool W TKO
17/07/15 Erkan Teper Ludwigsburg MHP Arena, Ludwigsburg L KO

Watch the video replay of David Price against Kamil Sokolowski

Alexander Povetkin Recent Fight Record

Povetkin may believe he has the psychological edge over British fighter Price owing to a more convincing fight record. The Russian has lost only one bout in his industrious career, at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko, and there’s no shame in that. He also carries a high percentage knockout rate so finishing fights is not an issue for the visitor. He has beaten all five of his last opponents, including Christian Hammer who defeated Price.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

27/12/15 Christian Hammer DIVS, Ekaterinburg W UD
01/07/17 Andriy Rudenko Luzhniki, Moscow W UD
17/12/16 Johann Duhaupas Ekaterinburg Expo, Ekaterinburg W KO
04/11/15 Mariusz Wach Tatneft Arena, Kazan W TKO
22/05/15 Mike Perez Luzhniki, Moscow W TKO

Watch the video replay of Alexander Povetkin vs. Christian Hammer

 

David Price vs. Alexander Povetkin prediction

According to whispers in the British camp Price has undergone no testing prior to this upcoming bout. Although this is not his concern, testing Povetkin will be. If the Russian turns up clean then Price has a strong shot at taking this win.

He’ll have to dig deep and go for a KO and he has the tools to do so. Povetkin is a smart mover and could easily grind down Price for a points win. The bookmakers have Povetkin as favourite but we see this as being a 50-50 affair.

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