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Deontay Wilder vs. Alexander Povetkin Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/21/16

Boxing: Saturday, May 21, 2016 (Megasport Arena)

The Line: Wilder -165 / Povetkin +145 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Showtime

Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin fight Saturday at the Megasport Arena for the WBC heavyweight title.

Deontay Wilder enters this fight with a 36-0 record that includes 35 knockouts. This will be Wilder’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a January win over Artur Szpilka. Wilder is a natural athlete who moves well in the ring and has quick hands that produce fluid combinations. Wilder’s best trait is his overwhelming power, as he’s built like a football player and has crazy pop in both of his hands. When you add in Wilder’s 83-inch reach, and you have a boxer with a nearly unstoppable offensive attack. The concern with Wilder is that we haven’t seen him in any real trouble, so we have no idea how he will react if a bout is close. Majority of Wilder’s fights end before the fifth round. This will be Wilder’s first fight in Russia and sixth outside the United States.

Deontay Wilder vs. Alexander Povetkin Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/21/16

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Alexander Povetkin enters this fight with a 30-1 record that includes 22 knockouts. Povetkin has won his last four fights and is coming off a November win over Mariusz Wach. Povetkin has bounced back nicely since his 2013 loss to Wladimir Klitschko, as he’s won his last four fights by knockout. Povetkin does a nice job of controlling the ring with his movement and has a high boxing IQ. Povetkin has an impressive jab and likes to work the body and slow his opponent down. The concern with Povetkin is that he can wear down over the course of a fight, so there may be some conditioning issues to pay attention to if this bout goes into the eighth round or so. This will be Povetkin’s 11th fight in Russia.

This should be a very entertaining fight between two accomplished fighters with knockout power. Povetkin may be the more polished fighter overall, but Wilder has the better offensive attack and has the better probability of landing a haymaker to end this thing. Also, Wilder is no stranger to beating guys in their backyard, as he knocked out Daniel Cota in Mexico and Audley Harrison in England.

I have more confidence in Wilder, so I’m taking the American to remain undefeated.

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