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Alexander Povetkin vs Michael Hunter report
Who won Povetkin vs Hunter?
Alexander Povetkin drew with Michael Hunter by split draw in their 12 round contest on Saturday 7th December 2019 at Diriyah Arena in Diriyah.
The scorecards were announced as 113-115, 114-114, 115-113, meaning it was a split draw.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Andy Ruiz Jr losing to Anthony Joshua for the IBF World Heavyweight, WBA Super World Heavyweight and WBO World Heavyweight championship. Also, on the undercard Filip Hrgovic beat Eric Molina, Dillian Whyte defeated Mariusz Wach and Mahammadrasul Majidov was victorious over Tom Little.
Povetkin vs Hunter stats
Alexander Povetkin stepped into the ring with a record of 35 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 24 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Michael Hunter made his way to the ring with a record of 18 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 12 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Povetkin had a slight advantage in power over Hunter, with a 69% knock out percentage over Hunter's 67%.
Alexander Povetkin was the older man by 9 years, at 43 years old.
Hunter had 5-inch reach advantage.
Both Alexander Povetkin & Michael Hunter fought out of an orthodox stance.
Povetkin was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 18 more fights, and made his debut in 2005, 7 years and 8 months earlier than Hunter, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 127 more professional rounds, 264 to Hunter's 137.
Alexander Povetkin went into the fight ranked number 6 by the WBA, 6 by the WBC and 10 by the IBF at heavyweight.
Michael Hunter was ranked number 7 by the WBA, 14 by the WBC, 8 by the WBO and 7 by the IBF in the 201lb division.
Povetkin vs Hunter form
Povetkin had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Hughie Fury on 31st August 2019 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Anthony Joshua on 22nd September 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their IBF World Heavyweight, WBA Super World Heavyweight and WBO World Heavyweight championship fight at Wembley Stadium, London.
Going into that contest, he had won against David Price on 31st March 2018 by knockout in the 5th round at Principality Stadium, Wales.
Before that, he had beat Christian Hammer on 15th December 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
He had defeated Andriy Rudenko on 1st July 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Luzhniki, Moscow.
Hunter had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Sergey Kuzmin on 13th September 2019 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Fabio Maldonado on 25th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at MGM National Harbor, Maryland.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Alexander Ustinov on 24th November 2018 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Before that, he had beat Martin Bakole Ilunga on 13th October 2018 by technical knockout in the 10th round at York Hall, London, United Kingdom.
He had lost to Oleksandr Usyk on 8th April 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Alexander Povetkin had been fighting more than Michael Hunter.
Going to this contest, Alexander Povetkin had last fought 3 years, 8 months and 27 days ago, while Michael Hunter's last outing had been 3 years, 8 months and 15 days ago.
Povetkin's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 10 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 48 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.6 rounds on average.
Hunter's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 1 month and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 45 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9 rounds on average.
What time did Povetkin vs Hunter start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 7:45 PM UTC at Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, which was 2:45 PM EST or 11:45 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 7:45 PM GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Povetkin vs Hunter?
Povetkin vs Hunter was broadcast on Sky Box Office HD in the UK, while the fight was broadcast in the United States by DAZN.
What were the odds on Povetkin vs Hunter?
Alexander Povetkin was a 169/100 (+170) underdog going into the contest, while Michael Hunter made his way into the ring at 12/25 (-210) with oddsmakers.
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