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Klitschko vs Povetkin fight preview: Can anyone beat Wladimir Klitschko?

On Saturday, Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko takes on the challenge of Alexander Povetkin. Does Povetkin have a shot at beating Klitschko? And if not, who does? Fraser Coffeen takes a look in this Bloody Elbow Klitschko vs. Povetkin fight preview.


Saturday October 5, Bloody Elbow presents live fight coverage of Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alexander Povetkin, live on HBO. HBO World Championship Boxing Klitschko vs. Povetkin airs this Saturday, October 5 live on HBO with a special afternoon fight time of 3:30 p.m. ET / PT. Bloody Elbow will have fight coverage, including results and discussion.

Look on the surface and you are not likely to find many similarities between Wladimir Klitschko and pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather. At a glance, the two are your classic Mutt and Jeff pairing. Stoic vs. brash, big vs. little, loud vs. quiet, they are, from a personality standpoint, far, far apart.

But when you look at the boxing landscape, these two world champions start to seem much more in sync. Both have been utterly dominant in recent years. So dominant that not only have they cleaned out their divisions, they have begun to make dominance look boring and routine. While fans should be awed by these two world class boxers, they are instead often weary of their constant winning ways. And yet, like Mayweather, Klitschko shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

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If Klitschko is the Heavyweight division's Mayweather, then Saturday, he meets his Canelo. Alexander Povetkin is an undefeated fighter, and one of the very few Heavyweights out there who has not already fallen at the feet of a Klitschko. Like Canelo, he is a worthy challenger, one who you can point to and say "See, Klitschko is facing the best."

And, like Canelo, he doesn't really stand a chance.

That's because Wladimir Klitschko is just that good, just that dominant. Call it nothing but size if you want (though anyone who does so is ignoring the obvious technical skill possessed by both brothers), but you can not deny the results - Wladimir Klitschko wins. Against everyone. Here, he's facing a formidable opponent on paper. An undefeated champion, an Olympic Gold medalist - Povtekin is a dangerous opponent. Still, he doesn't seem to pose a threat to the power and skill of Wladimir.

And, ultimately, that's the real trouble with Heavyweight boxing these days. No one, not even the best challenger out there, can compete with the champion. Which makes the division stagnant. And stagnant eventually equals boring in the eyes of many fans. Povtekin can change that by shocking the world and pulling off the win. Some think he'll do it. Not me though. I think the Klitschko train rolls on. And after it rolls through Povetkin, who next? This is the same dilemma currently in front of Floyd Mayweather. If he can so handily beat Canelo, then who can possibly challenge Floyd? If he can handily beat Povetkin, then who can possibly challenge Klitschko? Deontay Wilder? Wishful thinking from American fans, but he'll likely be the next one to get hyped up as having a shot.

And yet, there's no doubt fans will still watch Klitschko vs. Povetkin. As well they should. Because maybe there is little doubt as to the outcome. Maybe Klitschko is just that good. But still, there's always that faint glimmer of a shot that maybe, just maybe, this is the time the giant falls. And don't you want to be there when that happens? And if not? Then you get to see one of the most dominant fighters of the modern era continue to do his thing. And isn't that worth watching?

Join us here at Bloody Elbow for HBO World Championship Boxing Klitschko vs. Povetkin results, discussion, and live fight coverage this Saturday October 5.

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