Povetkin, the supposed "WBA Regular" Heavyweight champion came in to the bout as a confident fighter. A man with a solid amateur background, a man with an unbeaten record and a man who knew the crowd were behind him. He left the bout as a broken fighter, a man who wasn't just second best but was a distant second. A man who may never be the same fighter.
Whilst Povetkin did lose, and lose clearly, he started out with a really positive mindset and went out to attack Klitschko from the off. His pressure in the first round was great to see and it was a huge change from the usual Klitschko opposition who turn up already beaten.
Unfortunately despite being offensive Povetkin did struggle to land in the opening round, and then was made to pay for his aggression in the second as a Klitschko hook dropped him for the first time in his career.
The knockdown in the second round would have put other fighters in their shell but Povetkin fought back hard in round 3, arguably doing enough to take a share of the round. It was again great to see the belief that Povetkin had in himself, unfortunately though the belief wasn't corresponding to too much success.
As the rounds went on the lack of success from Povetkin seemed to be getting to him. At range he was forced to eat jabs up close he was tied up, leaned on and generally forced to feel the strength and weight of Klitschko. It wasn't pretty from the Ukrainian man but it was effective and it was slowly taking the fight from Povetkin.
Going in to round 7 Povetkin still had fight left in him, by the end of the round however that was gone. Klitschko picked up his work and thrice decked Povetkin. Although Povetkin could, and did, make a complaint about the "quality" of the knockdowns, which seemed as much to be from pushes and punches it did seem him losing a 10-6 round.
From round 7 onwards Klitschko did as he does so often. He used his jab, he moved, he tied up when he needed to and he shut down Povetkin. Completely killing off the little big of fight the Russian had in him.
The hole that Povetkin was in on the scorecards was only helped once with Klitschko deducted a point for pushing Povetkin down in round 11, by then a point was immaterial to the result and the only thing Klitschko needed to do was avoid being disqualified or knocked out. It was with those things in mind that Klitschko seemed to fight a very tame 12th round, effectively taking it off and doing little.
Despite Povetkin making a case for winning rounds 1,3 and 12 he was never really close to winning the fight. The 119-104 cards, all in favour of Klitschko were, perhaps a little harsh, but did sum up the fact that the fight wasn't close.
For Povetkin this is probably the worst thing that could to happen to him, if, he intends to stay in the sport. This result probably is his last major bout. For Klitschko his options are open. A fight with Pulev seems likely, though if the Bulgarian doesn't want it then there are other bouts out there now.