Povetkin stops Perez in 91 seconds, now next in line for Wilder’s WBC belt
It didn’t take Alexander Povetkin long to obtain the number one contender spot for Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title as he knocked out heavyweight challenger, Mike Perez, in 91 seconds in Russia.
Povetkin rocked Perez with his first flush overhand right that he landed as Perez’s feet buckled. It was another overhand right that missed that set up the most telling as Povetkin missed with the same punch, but caught in a clinch with Perez, Povetkin moved to his left and landed a short right that Perez would never recover from (shown in GIF above). Perez would get up, but then literally be knocked between the ropes forcing the referee to stop the bout only 91 seconds into the duration of the match.
Povetkin will seemingly now be headed stateside to fight Wilder, assuming Wilder beats Eric Molina which many pundits believe is a formality, unless Povetkin’s promoters can put together enough funds to outbid Premier Boxing Champions and get the fight in Russia, which doesn’t seem likely at all.
In other undercard results, WBC cruiserweight champion Grigory Drozd earned a 9th round TKO over late replacement Lukasz Janik. Unbeaten cruiserweight KO artist Dmitry Kudryashov scored a sixth round KO over Vikapita Meroro in a fairly competitive match, Rakhim Chakhkiev obtained an eighth round KO over previously unbeaten Junior Anthony Wright and starting the card off was a dreadful fight that saw Manuel Charr outpoint an out of shape Alex Leapai in a sleepy ten round heavyweight bout.