Alexander Povetkin got his second consecutive knockout win last night with a tenth round KO of Carlos Takam.
Povetkin was too strong and sharp for the Cameroon fighter, who often got the worst of inside exchanges. Takam found minor success utilizing a shoulder roll and increasing his counter-punching. But Povetkin’s bullish power continued to offset this and leave Takam constantly back-pedaling, usually after an assortment of hooks.
The first knockdown came at the end of the ninth off a double left hook followed by a right cross. Takam went crashing into the ropes but beat the count. He was on fumes for the tenth, and Povetkin clipped him with another short left hook to put Takam down for good.
The win ends a solid 2014 run for Takam, which saw him fight to a disputed draw with Mike Perez in January, and score a unanimous decision win over Tony Thompson in June. Povetkin stopped Manuel Charr in seven rounds this past May.
The win keeps Povetkin ranked #3 by the WBC, behind Americans Bryant Jennings (#2), Deontay Wilder (#1) and Bermane Stiverne (champion).