Alexander Povetkin (31-1, 23 KOs) got the victory tonight in using combinations to chop down the tall 6’5” Johann Duhaupas (34-4, 21 KOs) in six rounds in front of a large pro-Povetkin crowd at the Ekaterinburg Expo in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Povetkin ended the fight by landing a left hand to the head of Duhaupas that sent him timbering backwards onto the canvas in a large heap.
The referee Hector Afu didn’t even bother giving a count. He knew immediately that the 6’5” Duhaupas was not going to be able to make it up to beat the 10 count, so he stopped the fight right there. It was game over for the 35-year-old Duhaupas.
He was never really in the fight unless you count the first two rounds, which more or less feeling out rounds for the 37-year-old Povetkin. He didn’t really open up with his offense until the 4th. Once Povetkin discovered that there was no real threat from Duhaupas, he went after the 35-year-old until he dropped him for the knockout in the 6th.
This really wasn’t supposed to be a fight. Duhaupas was just brought in to fill in for Bermane Stiverne. He had decided not to fight Povetkin after learning that he had tested positive for the banned drug ostarine. The clincher was when the WBC said they weren’t going to sanction the Stiverne vs. Povetkin fight to be for the vacant interim WBC heavyweight title. Stiverne had lost all motivation to take the fight with Povetkin at this point, so he pulled out.
Povetkin 6’2”, had the speed advantage over Duhaupas, and that’s not altogether surprising. Duhaupas was a fill in at the last second, and he was not in great shape. Povetkin, 223lbs. is naturally the smaller guy, so he was always going to be the quicker of the two. Duhaupas’ only chance of winning the fight was for him to go on the attack mode from round one to look to get a knockout. When he failed to do that, he lost any chance he ever had in winning the fight.
Povetkin looked dreadful in the fight. He didn’t show that he’s gotten the talent to be one of the major players in the division, and he may not be one anyway. There’s a chance that he could wind up getting penalized by the World Boxing Council for his positive drug test.