In an anticipated heavyweight eliminator bout, two unbeaten challengers rose to the occasion to determine which fighter deserves the right to face Wladimir Klitschko as the mandatory challenger to the heavyweight championship.
As the division closes in on a unification for the first time since 1999, these two fighters showed the kind of grit and determination that has long been called for within the division long dismissed by fight fans for the lighter, faster divisions. Still, it's the heavyweight division that has always held the eyes and hearts of American audiences as well as those abroad. And tonight, among a lively crowd of 4,000 plus, Alexander Povetkin put on enough of a show to stamp his passport into the next major fight, potentially against current champ, Wladimir Klitschko. While Eddie Chambers landed some clear, powerful shots, it was the busier, more determined Alexander Povetkin who convinced the judges at the end of the twelve rounds. Working harder and winning consistent rounds despite Chambers' accuracy and significant damage to Povetkin's face, Povetkin won a decision of 117-111, 119-109, 116-112 over the American.