MICHAEL HUNTER started liked greased lightning against veteran contender, Alexander Povetkin, spluttered a little in the middle rounds before putting his foot down at the end. The American contender seemed to have cruised over the finishing line but was held to a contentious draw. The scores were split: 115-113 each and one of 114-114. Boxing News had Hunter up, 116-112.

A right hand rocketed over Povetkin’s lazy lead in the opening seconds and the Russian, stunned more than hurt, stumbled back. The same shot – that rasping right – had the same effect later in the first round

After two sessions, Dereck Chisora – stood at ringside but not paying attention – asked Boxing News who was winning. “Hunter,” we replied. “Povetkin will come on strong soon, watch,” Chisora said.

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