By Tré Berry III🖊️
Most of the world, rightfully so are eagerly anticipating arguably the biggest Heavyweight contest in the last decade and a half to take place between 📺Andy Ruiz Jr. & Anthony Joshua, but for some viewers, including myself, a match that I am anticipating as much as the mega-fight is between two solid Heavyweights that will serve as the co-headliner. American 🇺🇸Michael “The Bounty” Hunter Jr. (18-1-0, 12KO👊) and Russian Olympic Gold-Medalist 🥇🇷🇺Alexander Povetkin (35-2-0, 24KO👊) are two top contenders in the Heavyweight division, and both are looking to gun for a shot at a Heavyweight Title, with Hunter trying to position himself for a first opportunity, and Povetkin trying to get one last shot on the big stage.
Hunter Jr. was very successful in the amateur system, winning a National Championship and also winning first place in a Golden-Gloves tournament. Turning professional in 2013, he has carved out a solid pro career in following the footsteps of his late father, that being 🇺🇸Mike “The Bounty Hunter” Hunter Sr., who was a respected, talented Cruiserweight-Heavyweight world contender in the late 80’s and early 90’s. As his son carries his legacy onward, Jr. would like to be the first in the family to win a World Title. His lone loss in his pro ledger was in his only Title opportunity a division south when he fought against Cruiserweight legend & current Heavyweight 🥇♛🇺🇦Oleksandr Usyk, but was dominated through 12 rounds, although giving a pretty good account of what he (Michael) could do at that level.
Alexander Povetkin is a very interesting case, as skill-wise, he has not disappointed in his 14 year career, however where he has thoroughly disappointed boxing and the fanbase is in constantly shooting himself in the foot over the years, failing multiple drug tests for 💉performance enhancers, and botched opportunities that helped to cut short his conquest towards obtaining a Title. What does work in his favor however though at the ripe age of 40, he hasn’t shown any 📉drastic decline up to this point, which still renders him as a major player still if he can stay out of his own way. His two losses came in World Title opportunities, where he was blown out by former Heavyweight King 🥇♛🇺🇦Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko in 2013, and a competitive fight last year in 2018 against then-Unified Titlist 🥇🇬🇧Anthony “AJ” Joshua that was relatively even in credible eyes until Joshua knocked him out in the 7th stanza. Coincidentally, those were against fellow Gold-Medalists such as himself, which speaks well to his overall ability, which could be described as solid across the board, albeit without any style points or pizzazz to his repertoire, or his fights.
Here we have a ⚖️50/50 affair that can go in any direction, the victor here will put himself in a prime position for something major to come. Catch this one on 💻DAZN on Saturday before the main event takes place.