Heavyweight Roundup: Robert Helenius-Siarhei Liakhovich and Alexander Povetkin-Ruslan Chagaev Headline Card, Tyson Fury First Defense
None of this is new news but I want to comment on it so here we go. The first bit of news is a rather exciting development. The heavyweight doubleheader will take place in Germany on August 27.
The main event is going to be a "WBA" regular heavyweight title fight between Alexander Povetkin (21-0 15 KO) and fromer champion Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1 17 KO).
Povetkin won a IBF tournament in 2007-08 by beating Chris Byrd and Eddie Chambers. He then sat on his mandatory and refused to face Wladimir Klitschko. He then hooked up with Teddy Atlas and has done nothing.
This is a step up for the 31-year-old Povetkin even though Chagaev has only fought twice since his first career loss against Wladimir Klitschko. This will be the first fight for Chagaev in 2011.
Chagaev hasn't looked the same since the Klitsckho loss even though he is 2-0. He beat Kali Meehan and then barely got by journeymen Travis Walker. To be honest I havne't seen enough of Povetkin to say who I like in this fight.
I think I like Povetkin but these fighters are about the same. Povetkin has a one inch and one-year age advantage but thats about it. He has taken such crappy fights lately I feel like it could harm him.
I think that Chagaev is just to far past it to beat him. Povetkin if he lives up to the hype will win the fight and get to call himself "world champion."
The fight between 6'6 1/2" Robert Helenius (15-0 10 KO) and former champion Siarhei Liakhovich (25-3 16 KO) is just as interesting to me. Helenius is shaping up into a real prospect and is coming off of a knockout win over Sam Peter.
Liakhovich won the WBO title in a war against Lamon Brewster, which you should look up, and then lost it to Shannon Briggs in his first defense. He dominated Briggs all fight but got knocked out at 2:59 of round 12.
He then lost to Nikolay Valuev and has gone 2-0 since then against bad opponents. These two fights mirror each other as they both feature "prospects" against older inactive fighters.
I personally like Liakhovich and don't think the world of Helenius but this fight may be decided by the inactivity of Liakhovich.
Then again I wouldn't be surprise to see him pull out a win. This is another close fight and should be interesting.
Tyson Fury may fight Martin Rogan.
This one has gotten a lot of flack but I don't know why. Tyson Fury (15-0 10 KO) just beat Derek Chisora, the second best british heavyweight, and won the Commonwealthe and BBBofC titles.
It's not like he is avoiding the second best guy, he just beat him, and Rogan is a useful fighter. He brings pressure and isn't going to back down from a fight.
Fury is young at 23 and has a lot of learning to do. I see no harm in making this fight. Fury would be a massive favorite but that doesn't make it a dreadful fight.