Originally posted on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 2/25/12

Epix HD is bringing boxing fans everywhere its second heavyweight title fight in as many weeks with Alexander Povetkin defending his WBA title against former cruiserweight beltholder Marco Huck. Bruce Beck is joined by ESPN's Dan Rafael and famed trainer Freddie Roach to make the call.

Before we get to today's fight, they take a look back at last week's bout between Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora, which included a post-fight brawl between Chisora and David Haye. Chris Mannix from Sports Illustrated is on the ground in Germany, and he asks Povetkin about fighting without Teddy Atlas in his corner and what changes his new trainer made to his preparation.



The dispute between Atlas and the Povetkin camp centered around where Povetkin was going to train, and Atlas was upset enough about what happened that he is now done training altogether. Roach thinks Povetkin will miss Atlas even though his new trainer is also knowledgeable.

Turning to Huck, Rafael feels he won't be affected much by the step up in weight, and Roach discusses his style, saying he will definitely come to fight. Everyone agrees there is a good chance for an action fight since neither man concentrates on defense nd the size difference between them isn't too great.

If Huck wins today, he'll have 10 days to decide if he wants to return to cruiserweight to keep defending his WBO belt or remain a heavyweight. While we wait for the ring walks, we see Mannix talk to Chisora about last Saturday and what might happen today.

Roach gives the keys to victory for tonight's fight. For Huck, it's going to be combination punching and using lateral movement to get away when he's done throwing. For Povetkin, it will be using his weight to keep Huck off balance and setting up openings for his straight right hands.

The lights finally go down in the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, allowing Roman Roell to kick off the ring walks. Huck comes out first as the challenger, sporting a 34-1 record with 25 KOs. He was born in Serbia but lives in Berlin and has fought most of his career bouts in Germany.

Fans greet Povetkin with a bit of a mixed reaction. The Russian Knight is undefeated at 23-0 with 16 knockouts. He is making the second defense of his WBA title, which he won by defeating Ruslan Chagaev last August.

There's a live string section to do the national anthems for both fighters. Povetkin has an obvious pocket of support, as some people were clearly singing along with the Russian anthem.  

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