57 Facts About Alexander Povetkin


Alexander Vladimirovich "Sasha" Povetkin is a Russian former professional boxer who competed from 2005 to 2021.


Alexander Povetkin held the WBA heavyweight title from 2011 to 2013, the WBC interim heavyweight title from 2020 to 2021, and challenged twice for the unified heavyweight championship.


Alexander Povetkin challenged unified champion Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal titles in 2013, suffering his first professional career loss by unanimous decision.


Alexander Povetkin fought unified champion Anthony Joshua for the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles in 2018, and suffered a seventh-round technical knockout loss.


Alexander Povetkin was rated in the top ten annual heavyweights by BoxRec from 2006 to 2020, and rated in the top five annual heavyweights from 2007 to 2020, except for 2019.


Alexander Povetkin is a one-time winner of the WBC KO of the Year and Premier Boxing Champions Knockout of the Year.


The win over Donald was considered solid, and Alexander Povetkin continued his emergence as a promising heavyweight boxing contender.


On 27 October 2007 Alexander Povetkin met Chris Byrd, who had lost his title to Klitschko the year before.


On 26 January 2008, after initial problems Alexander Povetkin defeated Chambers by unanimous decision to become the mandatory challenger for Klitschko.


On 19 July 2008, Alexander Povetkin knocked out Taurus Sykes in the fourth round.


On 6 July 2011 negotiations for Alexander Povetkin to fight former WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev for the vacant title began between Sauerland, who promote Alexander Povetkin, and Chagaev's promoter Universum.


At the time of the bout, Alexander Povetkin was ranked No 3 heavyweight contender by The Ring, while Chagaev was ranked No 4 contender by the same publication.


Alexander Povetkin staggered Chagaev with an uppercut in the third round.


The bout went full twelve rounds, with Alexander Povetkin being declared the winner by unanimous decision.


Alexander Povetkin landed more shots in every round and landed more power punches in all but the first two rounds.


Alexander Povetkin announced his first defence would be in December 2011, possibly in Zurich, Switzerland.


Alexander Povetkin came alive in the fight at the midway point, rocking Boswell a few times with some hard punches.


In December 2011, a deal was reached for Alexander Povetkin to make his second defence against then WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck on 25 February 2012 at Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg.


The opening round started off slow however Alexander Povetkin started taking over the fight landing body shots and using his straight rights.


Huck controlled the championship rounds as Alexander Povetkin began to show signs of fatigue.


Round 2 saw Alexander Povetkin come out throwing and landing at will with Rahman spending most of the round against the ropes.


Alexander Povetkin dropped Wawrzyk in round 2 with a right hand.


In round 3, Alexander Povetkin carried on landing big punches, dropping Wawrzyk a further two times before the referee intervened to stop the fight.


Klitschko landed 139 of 417 punches and Alexander Povetkin connected on 59 of 283.


Alexander Povetkin bounced back in 2014, completely changing his training routine and diet.


In round 7, Alexander Povetkin landed a three-punch combination which dropped Charr, flat on his back.


In what was considered a back and forth fight and potential fight of the year, Alexander Povetkin scored a round 10 KO win to secure the WBC Silver title.


From round 8, Alexander Povetkin began to increase the number of punches he was throwing and in round 9, referee Kenny Bayless issued a standing 8-count to Takam after Alexander Povetkin landed some unanswered shots, which had Takam held up by the ropes.


Takam failed to recover and in round 10, Alexander Povetkin landed a left hook to his chin, dropping Takam.


Alexander Povetkin earned a mandatory title shot by knocking out Perez in the first round in devastating fashion.


Alexander Povetkin sent the southpaw Perez down with three right hands.


Towards the end of the fight, with both participants cut, Alexander Povetkin urged the referee stoppage as he deemed Wach, who was being hit at will essentially, unable to continue.


Promotor Andrei Ryabinsky added that Alexander Povetkin did take meldonium last year, but stopped before it was banned, and only "leftover traces of meldonium at a very low concentration" were found in a blood sample given by the 36-year-old last month.


Just 20 hours before the fight was to take place, the WBC withdrew its sanction of the fight stating Alexander Povetkin had failed another drug test, this time for Ostarine.


Alexander Povetkin dominated and knocked out Duhaupas in the 6th round.


Alexander Povetkin had Duhaupas hurt in the 4th round after connecting with a right hand to the head.


The end came when Alexander Povetkin hurt Duhaupas with two left hooks to the head in round 6 to knock him down and out.


On March 3,2017, Alexander Povetkin was handed a fine of $250,000 and banned indefinitely by the World Boxing Council for failing drug tests.


Rudenko spent five minutes complaining that he had injured his neck while Alexander Povetkin waited patiently in the corner to resume but fans in attendance began to whistle in displeasure at Rudenko whom they saw as feigning injury.


The ruling stated that Alexander Povetkin would be re-instated in the WBC rankings in January 2018.


Alexander Povetkin outworked a survival-oriented Hammer to win a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision, in what was a final eliminator to the WBA title, held by Anthony Joshua.


Alexander Povetkin badly hurt Price with a right hand, who was then defenceless, Alexander Povetkin finished off with a left hook that put Price down flat on the canvas.


In round 3, Alexander Povetkin knocked Price down with a right hand to the head.


The WBA initially ordered the fight after Alexander Povetkin knocked out David Price on the Joshua-Parker undercard.


Alexander Povetkin got back up but Joshua was straight back in with a flurry of hard shots, before the referee mercifully stopped the fight.


Alexander Povetkin provided that, he was good with left hook.


In November 2018, according to his promoter Andrei Ryanbinsky, Alexander Povetkin would retire after two more fights.


Alexander Povetkin expected his return to the ring would take place in either the UK or US.


Two days later it was reported, whilst a potential Usyk-Alexander Povetkin fight could take place in 2019, both boxers would take interim bout first.


Alexander Povetkin scored a twelve-round unanimous decision against Hughie Fury on 31 August 2019 at The O2 Arena in London on the Vasyl Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell undercard.


Alexander Povetkin appeared to have somewhat weathered the storm by the third and fourth rounds as Hunter's punches had less of an effect on him and he returned fire with shots of his own.


Alexander Povetkin was scheduled to face WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte on 2 May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic the date was pushed back to 22 August.


However, 30 seconds into the following round, Alexander Povetkin landed an uppercut which left Whyte laid flat on his back, prompting the referee to call a halt to the contest.


Alexander Povetkin has a daughter named Arina with his ex-wife, Irina.


In July 2013, Alexander Povetkin married Yevgenia Merkulova in the Czech Republic.


Alexander Povetkin has a brother, Vladimir Povetkin, who fights as a professional light heavyweight.


Alexander Povetkin has declared himself a Rodnover, he wears a Perun Axe necklace and has the Star of Rus tattooed on his inner left biceps.