Alexander Povetkin

Alexander Povetkin
Алекса́ндр Пове́ткин

Povetkin in 2015
Real name Alexander Vladimirovich Povetkin
  • Sasha
  • Russian Vityaz
  • Zar ("Tsar")
  • White Lion
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Reach 191 cm (75 in)
Nationality Russian
Born (1979-09-02) 2 September 1979
Kursk, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union (now Russia)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 31
Wins 30
Wins by KO 22
Losses 1
External video

Alexander Vladimirovich "Sasha" Povetkin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Влади́мирович Пове́ткин; born 2 September 1979) is a Russian professional boxer who held the WBA (Regular) heavyweight title from 2011 to 2013. As an amateur he won a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympics; gold at the 2003 World Championships; and consecutive gold at the 2002 and 2004 European Championships. Povetkin is known as a physically strong, hard-hitting and skilled pressure fighter.


After a successful amateur kickboxing career that included winning World Junior championship in 1997, World title in 1999 and a European professional kickboxing title in 2000, Povetkin won his first major boxing tournament at the Russian Championships in 2000 at the age of 21. This would be the beginning of several major amateur tournaments Povetkin would go on to win including; the Good Will Games in Brisbane, Australia in 2001; the 34th European Championship in 2002; the XII World Championship in 2003 held in Thailand; and the 35th European Championship in 2004. His amateur success would culminate in winning the gold medal at super-heavyweight (>91 kg) boxing at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, in a walkover match over Egyptian Mohamed Aly. After taking Olympic Gold, he concluded his amateur career with a record of 125–7, with all losses avenged.[2]

Amateur boxing competition record

Date Competition Location Result
August 2004 Olympic games Athens 1st place
February 2004 European championship Pula 1st place
November 2003 24th Copenhagen cup Copenhagen 1st place
July 2003 World amateur championships Bangkok 1st place
May 2003 Russian championship Ulyanovsk 2nd place
April 2003 22nd Gee Bee tournament Helsinki 1st place
March 2003 International competition Warsaw 1st place
February 2003 54th Strandja Cup Plovdiv 1st place
November 2002 Russian championship Vladivostok 1st place
October 2002 International tournament Warsaw 1st place
July 2002 European championship Perm 1st place
May 2002 Russian championship Rostov 1st place
March 2002 International tournament Rome 1st place
February 2002 53rd Strandja Cup Plovdiv 1st place
November 2001 Oil cup Nizhne-Vartovsk 1st place
October 2001 International tournament "Gold Ring" Podolsk 1st place
September 2001 Goodwill games Brisbane 1st place
June 2001 World amateur championships Belfast 5th place
March 2001 Russian championship Saratov 1st place
March 2001 International tournament Halle 2nd place
November 2000 Russian championship Samara 1st place
March 2000 Russian Cup Perm 3rd place

Amateur boxing highlights

Kickboxing competition record

Date Competition Location Result
June 2000 European championships (professional) Nicosia 1st place
November 1999 W.A.K.O. World Championships 1999 Caorle 1st place
May 1998 Baltic countries cup Kaliningrad 1st place
September 1997 World Junior championship (under 19) Moscow 1st place

Pro career

2005–06: Prospect

After winning the gold medal, Povetkin took a year off before making the decision to turn pro. After meeting with several fight promoters, Povetkin signed a contract to fight for Sauerland Events. Unlike other promoters, Sauerland would allow Povetkin to train mainly in his native Russia and fight primarily out of Germany. Povetkin made his professional debut in Germany 11 June 2005 by defeating German Muhammad Ali Durmaz by second round TKO. He followed that victory, in September, with a fourth round KO over Cerrone Fox and then by a first round knockout over John Castle less than a month later, although Castle was a last minute replacement for another fighter. In November, Povetkin won a one-sided four round decision over Canadian Stephane Tessier and finished off the year by gaining a technical knockout in 5 win over American Willie Chapman in December.

Povetkin stated early in the year that he wanted to fight five times in 2006. His first fight on his way of accomplishing this happened on 4 March 2006 when Povetkin scored a 2nd round TKO over Nigerian 1992 Olympic bronze medal winner Richard Bango. Though Bango had some success in the first round, Povetkin rallied, to not only win that round, but to knock out Bango in the next.

For his next fight, on 22 April, Povetkin signed up for his most important fight up until that date by facing Friday Ahunanya. Povetkin vs. Ahunanya drew attention in the boxing community because Ahunanya was believed to be a tough opponent for someone with only six fights. Despite this, the fight was fairly one-sided and Povetkin won a by clear unanimous decision.

He followed up those wins with a third round KO in Hannover, Germany on 3 June 2006 against Ecuador's Livin Castillo, Povetkin's first south paw opponent and a fifth round KO on 23 September 2006 against veteran American Ed Mahone in Wetzlar, Germany.

His final fight of the year was held on 10 December against ex-Cruiserweight title holder Imamu Mayfield. Mayfield became Povetkin's opponent after original opponent Ross Purrity was injured before the fight. It was Povetkin's first pro fight in his native Russia and was held on the undercard of Oleg Maskaev's first WBC title defense; the first time a Heavyweight Championship bout was held in Russia. Povetkin won the fight by way of a KO in the third round, bringing his total record to 10 wins in 10 fights by the end of the year.

2007–08: IBF tournament

On 3 March 2007 Povetkin scored another TKO, this time over experienced American, David Bostice. The fight ended in the second round. Following that fight, Povetkin had a more of a stay busy fight, winning for the fifth straight time by KO, this time in the second round over Canada's Patrice L'Heureux.

Alexander Povetkin's next fight 30 June 2007, was against experienced American contender, Larry Donald. Donald held victories over such illustrious figures as ex-champion Evander Holyfield and had narrowly lost his most recent fight to former belt holder Nikolai Valuev. Donald was considered, by many, to be a very good test for a prospect such as Povetkin, a test that Povetkin passed decisively, winning unanimously.

This was the first time Povetkin had gone the full distance of ten rounds in a professional boxing fight, though he did go ten rounds as a pro kick-boxer. The win over Donald was considered solid, and Povetkin continued his emergence as a promising heavyweight boxing contender.

In July, the IBF announced it had created a four-person tournament to create a challenger for current IBF (and WBO) Champion Wladimir Klitschko.

On 27 October 2007 Povetkin met Chris Byrd, who had lost his title to Klitschko the year before. Povetkin won by way of an 11th round TKO victory. Byrd put up more resistance than Donald, but ultimately was overwhelmed, and his corner threw in the towel.

Less than a week later, Eddie Chambers won a split decision victory over former title challenger Calvin Brock. This advanced Povetkin and Chambers to the final round of the tournament. On 26 January 2008, after initial problems Povetkin defeated Chambers by unanimous decision to become the mandatory challenger for Klitschko. On 19 July 2008, Povetkin knocked out Taurus Sykes in the fourth round.

Povetkin was supposed to challenge Klitschko on 13 December 2008, but on 25 October, he withdrew from the Klitschko fight due to an injury. The IBF then announced that Klitschko would have until 13 September 2009 to fight Povetkin, but that option was not exercised.

2009–10: Staying busy

After nine months inactivity due to his injury, Povetkin won a comeback against once-beaten PanAm amateur champion Jason Estrada on 4 April 2009 by unanimous decision.[3] On 10 July 2009 Teddy Atlas announced on Friday Night Fights that Povetkin would be temporarily relocated to New York under his helm, where he can train him full-time. On 5 December, Povetkin fought in Ludwigsburg, Germany, against Leo Nolan, winning with a third round KO.

On 13 March 2010 Povetkin continued his unbeaten run beating Javier Mora in decisive action dropping him in the first, second and fifth rounds leading to the referee stopping the fight declaring him the winner by TKO.

2011-12: WBA world title and defences

Povetkin vs. Chagaev

After Wladimir Klitschko unified his WBO and IBF titles with David Haye's WBA title, Klitschko was upgraded to "Super Champion" by the WBA, thus making the "Regular Champion" title vacant. On 27 August 2011, with Teddy Atlas in his corner, Povetkin bested Uzbekistan's Ruslan Chagaev by unanimous decision to earn the WBA (Regular) Heavyweight Champion at the Messehalle arena in Erfurt, Germany. Povetkin (22–0) withstood a middle-round challenge from Chagaev (27–2–1), but worked his foe into submission in the later rounds of the bout. He walked away victorious thanks to 117–113, 117–113 and 116–112 scorecards.[4]

Povetkin vs. Boswell

His first defense of the WBA (Regular) title was against the American heavyweight contender Cedric Boswell, on 3 December 2011, at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland. Povetkin won the fight by 8th round KO.[5]

Povetkin vs. Huck

His second defense of the WBA (Regular) title was against the current WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck, on 25 February 2012 at Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. Povetkin won on points. The scores were: 114–114, 116–113 and 116–112.[6]

Povetkin vs. Rahman

Povetkin was originally set to fight Hasim Rahman on 14 July 2012, at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg. However, on 29 June, Rahman pulled out with a hand injury.[7] This fight was rescheduled for 29 September, and Povetkin knocked out Rahman in second round.[8][9]

2013: Fourth title defence and challenging Klitschko

Povetkin fought Andrzej Wawrzyk on 17 May 2013, in a voluntary title defense.[10] He won the bout in the third round by the way of TKO.

On 5 October 2013, Povetkin fought Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA (super), WBO, IBF and IBO Heavyweight titles. Povetkin gave a brave effort against Klitschko, as the defending champion used his size advantage, constantly clinching and leaning on his Russian counterpart anytime Povetkin moved in, at one point he even threw Povetkin across the ring. Povetkin was quickly out of the fight; knocked down once in the second round and three times in the seventh round, but survived until the end. All three judges scored the fight 119-104 for Klitschko. The fight took place in Moscow, Olympic Stadium.[11]

2014: Return victories

Povetkin bounced back in 2014, completely changing his training routine and diet. He began his return with a devastating stoppage of former WBC title challenger Manuel Charr. He followed this with a further stoppage of French-Cameroonian contender Carlos Takam, in a back and forth war considered a fight of the year for the heavyweight division. On May 22, 2015 Povetkin earned a mandatory title shot at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder by knocking out Irish based Cuban contender, Mike Perez in the first round, also in devastating fashion. Following this fight, Povetkin stated that he would wait for the Wilder fight to materialise until he fought again. However, when Wilder arranged to fight his last available voluntary defence against Johann Duhaupas, Povetkin arranged to fight the iron chinned contender Mariusz Wach.

On November 4, 2015 Povetkin faced Wach in the main event of a packed Russian card that featured multiple world title fights. Wach, who had gone 12 rounds with Wladimir Klitschko started off the fight with success, keeping the smaller Povetkin at range with his jab. But as the rounds went on, Povetkin was able to find his range and begin to push Wach around the ring with combinations on the inside. Towards the end of the fight, with both participants cut, Povetkin urged a referee stoppage as he deemed Wach, who was being hit at will essentially, unable to continue.

2016: World title challenge

Potential Wilder fight and cancellation

Povetkin will fight WBC World Champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) in Moscow, Russia, on a date set to yet be announced at the Megasport Arena. It was originally set for May 21, 2016 until Povetkin failed a drugs test. Povetkin is considered by many to be Wilder's toughest opponent to date.[12] On May 14, it was reported that Povetkin had failed a drugs test. The fight has been put in jeopardy after he tested positive for the banned substance meldonium. Promotor Andrei Ryabinsky added that 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. The WBC will make the decision on whether the match will happen or not.[13] It was reported on May 15, that the assertion from Povetkin's promoter that it was in his system only because he took it late last year, before it was banned, appeared untrue.[14] The WBC announced on May 15, a week before the fight that it would be postponed.[15] On May 31, it was announced on Sky Sports by Povetkin's promoters that new drug test results prove the Povetkin is a clean athlete. The new doping test, taken May 17, showed no traces of meldonium. This was reported by VADA.[16]

Povetkin vs. Stiverne

With Wilder out until early 2017, the WBC ordered mandatory challenger Povetkin to fight former world champion Bermane Stiverne for the interim WBC heavyweight title. Stiverne previously held the WBC title losing his first defence to Wilder. The winner would eventually go on to challenge Wilder upon his return for the full version of the title.[17] A purse bid was scheduled for October 10.[18] The purse bid was won by World of Boxing promoter Andrey Ryabinsky. The winning bid was $3.165 million, beating out the two other bids, one from Don King for $2.1 million and another from Eye of the Tiger promotions for $542,000. Povetkin and Stiverne are due to earn a base purse of $1,424,250 each due to a 50-50 split, with the winner receiving the remainder $316,500 as a bonus.[19] On November 11, the WBC were told by VADA that Stiverne had tested positive on a drug test. It was said that the banned substance was methylhexaneamine, which is also known as dimethylamylamine or 'DMAA'. Povetkin's camp confirmed the fight will still go ahead. Stiverne claimed he ingested a post-workout supplement called SUPERPHARM without knowing it included dimethylamylamine, but under VADA’s rules an athlete is responsible for whatever goes into their body. The WBC took into account that it was Stiverne’s first offence when making its ruling and fined him $75,000.[20][21]

Personal life

Povetkin has a daughter named Arina with his ex-wife, Irina. In July 2013, Alexander married Yevgenia Merkulova in the Czech Republic.[22] He also has a brother, Vladimir Povetkin, who fights as a professional light heavyweight. Both fighters were trained by Valery Belov. Povetkin has declared himself a rodnover, he wears a Perun axe necklace and has the star of Rus tattooed on his inner left bicep.[23]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
31 fights 30 wins 1 loss
By knockout 22 0
By decision 8 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
32 N/A N/A Canada Bermane Stiverne N/A – (12) 17 Dec 2016 Russia Yekaterinburg, Russia For vacant WBC interim heavyweight title
31 Win 30–1 Poland Mariusz Wach TKO 12 (12) 0:50 4 Nov 2015 Russia TatNeft Arena, Kazan, Russia Retained WBC Silver heavyweight title
30 Win 29–1 Cuba Mike Perez TKO 1 (12), 1:31 22 May 2015 Russia Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia Retained WBC Silver heavyweight title
29 Win 28–1 France Carlos Takam KO 10 (12), 0:54 24 Oct 2014 Russia Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia Won WBC Silver heavyweight title
28 Win 27–1 Germany Manuel Charr KO 7 (12), 1:09 30 May 2014 Russia Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia Won WBC International heavyweight title
27 Loss 26–1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko UD 12 5 Oct 2013 Russia Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Russia Lost WBA (Regular) heavyweight title;
For WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles
26 Win 26–0 Poland Andrzej Wawrzyk TKO 3 (12), 2:28 17 May 2013 Russia Crocus City Hall, Krasnogorsk, Russia Retained WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
25 Win 25–0 United States Hasim Rahman TKO 2 (12), 1:46 29 Sep 2012 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
24 Win 24–0 Germany Marco Huck MD 12 25 Feb 2012 Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany Retained WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
23 Win 23–0 United States Cedric Boswell KO 8 (12), 2:58 3 Dec 2011 Finland Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland Retained WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
22 Win 22–0 Uzbekistan Ruslan Chagaev UD 12 27 Aug 2011 Germany Messe, Erfurt, Germany Won vacant WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
21 Win 21–0 United States Nicolai Firtha UD 10 18 Dec 2010 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
20 Win 20–0 Nigeria Teke Oruh KO 5 (10), 2:57 16 Oct 2010 Russia Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, Chekhov, Russia
19 Win 19–0 Mexico Javier Mora TKO 5 (10), 0:50 13 Mar 2010 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
18 Win 18–0 United States Leo Nolan KO 3 (10), 2:33 5 Dec 2009 Germany MHP Arena, Ludwigsburg, Germany
17 Win 17–0 United States Jason Estrada UD 10 4 Apr 2009 Germany Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany
16 Win 16–0 United States Taurus Sykes TKO 4 (10), 1:43 19 Jul 2008 Russia Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, Chekhov, Russia
15 Win 15–0 United States Eddie Chambers UD 12 26 Jan 2008 Germany Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
14 Win 14–0 United States Chris Byrd TKO 11 (12), 1:52 27 Oct 2007 Germany Messe, Erfurt, Germany
13 Win 13–0 United States Larry Donald UD 10 30 Jun 2007 Russia Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Russia
12 Win 12–0 Canada Patrice L'Heureux KO 2 (10), 1:02 26 May 2007 Germany Jako Arena, Bamberg, Germany
11 Win 11–0 United States David Bostice TKO 2 (10), 2:57 3 Mar 2007 Germany StadtHalle, Rostock, Germany
10 Win 10–0 United States Imamu Mayfield KO 3 (10) 10 Dec 2006 Russia Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Russia
9 Win 9–0 United States Ed Mahone TKO 5 (8), 2:05 23 Sep 2006 Germany Rittal Arena, Wetzlar, Germany
8 Win 8–0 Ecuador Livin Castillo TKO 4 (8), 2:45 3 Jun 2006 Germany TUI Arena, Hanover, Germany
7 Win 7–0 Nigeria Friday Ahunanya UD 6 22 Apr 2006 Germany SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany
6 Win 6–0 Nigeria Richard Bango KO 2 (6), 2:20 4 Mar 2006 Germany EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany
5 Win 5–0 United States Willie Chapman TKO 5 (6) 17 Dec 2005 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
4 Win 4–0 Canada Stephane Tessier UD 4 12 Nov 2005 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
3 Win 3–0 United States John Castle RTD 1 (4), 3:00 1 Oct 2005 Germany Small EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany
2 Win 2–0 United States Cerrone Fox TKO 4 (4), 2:37 3 Sep 2005 Germany Internationales Congress Centrum, Berlin, Germany
1 Win 1–0 Germany Muhammad Ali Durmaz TKO 2 (4), 1:23 11 Jun 2005 Germany BigBox, Kempten, Germany Professional debut

Titles in boxing

Regional titles
Title last held by
Tony Thompson
WBC International heavyweight champion
30 May 2014 – October 2014
Title next held by
Anthony Joshua
Preceded by
Carlos Takam
WBC Silver heavyweight champion
24 October 2014 – 2 April 2016
Title next held by
Johann Duhaupas
World titles
Title last held by
David Haye
as champion
WBA heavyweight champion
Regular title

27 August 2011 – 5 October 2013
Lost bid for Super title
Title next held by
Ruslan Chagaev


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  23. I'm a pagan. In spirit and conscience is closer to me than Christianity(2014-01-29) .

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