Subscribe

Wladimir Klitschko beats Povetkin, retains titles

Wladimir Klitschko, of Ukraine, retained his World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation belts Saturday, handing Russian Alexander Povetkin his first defeat in 27 fights.

  • close
    Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight champion of Ukraine, holds two of his belts after a bout with Alexander Povetkin, of Russia at the Olympic Stadium, in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday. Wladimir Klitschko successfully defended his WBA and IBF titles.
    Ivan Sekretarev/AP
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption
of

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko gave Alexander Povetkin his first loss by earning a unanimous decision to keep his WBA and IBF belts on Saturday.

Klitschko knocked down Povetkin three times in the seventh round.

All three judges ruled 119-104 each for Klitschko (61-3, 52 KO), handing Povetkin his first defeat in 27 fights.

Klitschko stuck to his usual tactics, scoring frequently off his left jab and forcing Povetkin to attack, but the Russian rarely succeeded.

Klitschko first knocked Povetkin down with a combination 51 seconds into the seventh round. He floored Povetkin again with a left hook 35 seconds later, and again with 57 second left, but the Russian recovered.

"Povetkin is a fighter with high spirit," said Klitschko's elder brother, Vitali. "He fought till the end. I do not think the bout could have been finished earlier. If Wladimircould do it he would have certainly done it."

Povetkin became the mandatory challenger for Klitschko when he beat Hasim Rahman last September. Povetkin lost his regular WBA title, which he had defended four times before falling to Klitschko.

The latter gave up the belt in 2011 when he was elevated by the WBA to super champion after beating David Haye.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK