Alexander Vladimirovich “Sasha” Povetkin – an Olympic gold medallist, held the WBA (Regular) heavyweight title from 2011 to 2013, and the WBC interim heavyweight title from 2020 to March 2021.
Povetkin has challenged twice for the unified heavyweight titles (Wladimir Klitschko in 2012 & Anthony Joshua in 2018) and retires with a professional record of 40 fights, 36 wins (25 KO’s) 3 losses, 1 draw.
The Russian heavyweight began his fighting career in kickboxing and won the world junior championship in 1997, a amateur world title in 1999, followed by a professional European title in 2000.
In the same year of 2000, Povetkin won his first major amateur tournament as a boxer, winning the Russian championship aged 21. Povetkin then went on to win the Good Will Games in Australia in 2001, the European Championship in 2002 and the 2003 World Championship in Thailand as well as another European Championship in 2004.
The highlight of this amateur career would be winning the gold medal as a super-heavyweight at the 2004 summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Povetkin had an incredible amateur record of 125 wins and 7 losses –with all his defeats were avenged.
As a professional, Povetkin won the WBA (regular) heavyweight world title in 2011 against Kazakhstan’s Ruslan Chagaev in his 22nd fight. He defended the title successfully four times before facing Wladimir Klitschko for a unification bout in Russia for the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine world titles. Klitschko won a unanimous decision over 12 rounds and this was Povetkin’s first defeat as a professional.
Povetkin would then go on to win various high ranking international belts by defeating a number of high level contenders – such as Manuel Charr, Carlos Takan, Mike Perez, Mariusz Wach, Christian Hammer and David Price, before he challenging for another world title.
In 2018, Povetkin faced Anthony Joshua for his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles. In front of 80,000 fans at Wembley stadium, Povetkin hurt Joshua in the early rounds but suffered his first knockout defeat as a pro when Joshua stopped him in the seventh round.
Povetkin nearing the twilight of his career, defeated Tyson Fury’s cousin Hughie Fury over 12 rounds with a unanimous points decision and drew with Michael Hunter on the undercard of the Andy Ruiz vs Anthony Joshua rematch in Saudi Arabia.
In August 2020, Povetkin scored a stunning win by knocking out WBC interim champion Dillian Whyte with a devastating uppercut in the fifth round. Povetkin was knocked down twice in the previous fourth round but won the fight with a uppercut which was considered to be one of the best knockouts of the year.
A rematch with Dillian Whyte took place in March 2021 in Gibraltar but suffered the second knockout defeat of his career when he was stopped in the fourth round by the British heavyweight. There were calls for and various rumors of retirement for Povetkin and this was confirmed with announcement on the 13th June 2021.
Happy Retirement to Povetkin, who has had both a decorated amateur and professional boxing career.