After months of delay, Alexander Povetkin and Hasim Rahman will finally battle for the WBA heavyweight title on Saturday, September 29.
The bout was originally scheduled for July 14, but Rahman withdrew two weeks prior to the fight for medical reasons.
This battle pits two fighters with different experience levels against each other. Povetkin is 24-0 with 16 knockouts, but Rahman has been around much longer.
He's 50-7-2 with 41 knockouts. His power is apparent, but the rest is up in the air. The 39-year-old has struggled to win fights lately, showing his age on a frequent basis.
The fight is on. Rahman's ability to compete at this point is uncertain, but this is still a championship fight.
Let's check out where you can catch this heavyweight action.
Where: Hamburg, Germany
When: Saturday, September 29, at 5 p.m. ET
Live Stream: EpixHD.com
Povetkin's Key to Victory: Stay Focused
It's important for Povetkin to maintain his focus against a more experienced challenger. This is his third title defense since taking it against Ruslan Chagaev last year, but he's never faced a fighter with Rahman's elite experience.
The Russian hasn't fought the fighters than Rahman has fought. He must stay focused and make sure Rahman doesn't use his experience to win this fight.
Povetkin is a powerful fighter, but power can be neutralized by craftiness.
Rahman's Key to Victory: Fight Like There's No Tomorrow
In Rahman's case, there may not be. He's 39 years old, and he hasn't beaten anyone notable recently. His last notable fight came against Wladimir Klitschko, and he lost. Before that it was James Toney, and that wound up as no-contest.
Rahman has to fight like he's fighting an elite fighter, and he has treat this fight like it's his last shot.
His whole career has been the same story. He's notorious for beating up on lesser opponents, but he struggles to beat fighters who are better than he is.
He must find the will power necessary to claim the crown Saturday evening.
I think Rahman has one big fight left in his tank. He's old, and his body has taken a beating over the years, but he's a powerful puncher.
Look for his experience to shine through over Povetkin's title run. Povetkin doesn't bring a lot of pop for a heavyweight, and Rahman will overpower him. Rahman must avoid getting worn out, but he will be fine if he paces himself in the early rounds.
Rahman hasn't looked strong in recent fights, but he knows this is probably his last shot at a belt. That will provide some momentum.
While he doesn't have a good track record against quality opponents, Rahman is talented enough to pull off the upset in Hamburg.
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