Povetkin wins WBA title

Russian defeats former champion in Germany

Last Updated: 28/08/11 10:18am

  • Share:
Povetkin: Legitimate challenger to the Klitschkos

Povetkin: Legitimate challenger to the Klitschkos

Sky Bet

Alexander Povetkin beat Ruslan Chagaev on a unanimous points decision to win the WBA's 'regular' heavyweight title.

Wladimir Klitschko, who recently defeated David Haye in his heavyweight unification bout, is the WBA 'super' champion but now Povetkin has a belt of his own after his victory in Erfurt, Germany on Saturday night.

The former Olympic champion dominated the fight against the former champion in the final stages and was awarded the win 117-113 twice and 116-112 on the scorecards.

Chagaev enjoyed success in the sixth and seventh rounds but it wasn't enough to stop him falling to a second career defeat.

"I'm sorry, today was not my day," said Chagaev, whose health problems have hindered his career in recent times. "He's a good boxer, a real world champion now."

Povetkin (21-0) has been protected by his handlers despite earning victories over the likes of Chris Byrd and Eddie Chambers more than three years ago, but is now one of few legitimate challengers to the Klitschkos.

"My father always hoped and wanted for me to be a world champion," said the Russian, who lost his dad last year.

"It was a very hard fight. It was very hard to fight him. I have a lot of respect for him, he's a very difficult and patient boxer."

  • Share:

Related

Most Popular

Features

Toe 2 Toe podcast

Toe 2 Toe podcast

We hear from Carl Froch as well as Gennady Golovkin, Nicholas Walters, Luke Campbell plus many more.

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

So long is a week in the sporting world, one can rise to fame while another can fall from grace.

Live Fight Night

Live Fight Night

Live Fight Night is back with a Hull of a night’s action, featuring Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle.