Boxing clever How Russian did his homework to deliver devastating uppercut
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.