Box­ing clever How Rus­sian did his home­work to de­liver dev­as­tat­ing up­per­cut

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Gareth A Davies

It was quick, it was bru­tal and it was cer­tainly ef­fec­tive. The up­per­cut which Alexan­der Povetkin un­leashed on Dil­lian Whyte’s chin brought their fight to a jud­der­ing halt in the fifth round and tor­pe­doed the Bri­tish boxer’s pro­posed lu­cra­tive show­down with Tyson Fury.

The punch took Whyte by sur­prise, but it was no fluke ac­cord­ing to Povetkin, who re­vealed af­ter the con­test how he had done his home­work on his op­po­nent.

“I had been “watch­ing his [Whyte] fights and I see that he was miss­ing up­per­cuts from the left and from the right,” said the 40-year-old Rus­sian.

“All my train­ing I trained for those shots and it was def­i­nitely one of the best punches of my ca­reer.”

What Povetkin did so clev­erly was to evade the hooks of Whyte (1), while po­si­tion­ing him­self beau­ti­fully in­side by sway­ing low and un­der Whyte to the left (2) to throw the per­fect left up­per­cut from di­rectly un­der­neath Whyte’s chin (3).

By trans­fer­ring his weight through to his left leg, it put him in the per­fect po­si­tion to al­low him to come up di­rectly un­der­neath Whyte, and then corkscrew the torque of the punch through Whyte’s chin to leave the un­for­tu­nate Bri­ton flat on his back on the can­vas, un­able to re­cover (4). It was a left up­per­cut from hell that will stay on high­light reels for­ever.

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