Alexander Povetkin is the heavyweight version of the seldom sighted Great White Whale of Lore, Moby Dick. At one time he was an up and coming heavyweight contender and former Olympic Gold Medalist with some solid fighting qualities. Then he dived deep into the dark depths where it became difficult to watch him as he made one after another excuse why he wouldn’t exercise his hard fought status as the mandatory to Wlad Klitschko. Instead he hired an off the rails celebrity trainer for ponderous combat against a plethora of hand selected journeymen types well short of contender status.
Povetkin did finally step up to beat fellow Russian Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA consolation strap left over after Wladimir Klitschko had already swept out the WBA dustbunnies that had previous claims to the infamous WBA belt. Povetkin nominally outworked the Hepatitus plagued Chagaev in a lackluster fight before defending against 40 year old fringe American Contender Cedric Boswell.
Marco Huck is similar in stature to the chubby Povetkin as he steps up from his longtime anchor spot in the cruiser division as former EBU and WBO champ. Both fighters are fairly aggressive though Huck got away with attacking in straight lines because of his size and strength. That style became problematic for him against Russian Denis Lebedev who has a similar crouching style to Povetkin albeit from a lefty stance.
Povetkin will be bigger, stronger, and busier from a right handed stance, so we’ll have to see if Huck breaks out a new style in the more powerful division and how and where he packs on his extra pounds. He has the advantage of being at a traditional athletic peak age of 27 to Povetkin’s 32 years, and also with the more ring experience, 34-1, 25 KO in 227 rounds to Povetkin’s 23-0, 16 KO in 130 rounds.
In short, Huck will be the best fighter Povetkin has faced over the past 3 years, so plenty of unknowns indicate this fight could go either way although Povetkin will likely be the substantial favorite. And to think that the winner will go on to face the #1 mandatory contender, 39 year old Hasim Rahman, last seen at 284 whale blubbering pounds when he surfaced briefly last year in the Mississippi mud flats with a resounding thump of Galen Brown.
Such is life in the WBA great northern white whaling fleet.