|Real name||Alexander Vladimirovich Povetkin|
|Nickname(s)||Sasha, Russian Vityaz, Zar, White Lion|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Reach||191 cm (75 in)|
September 2, 1979 |
Kursk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Wins by KO||18|
Alexander Vladimirovich Povetkin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Влади́мирович Пове́ткин; born 2 September 1979 in Kursk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a Russian professional boxer. Formerly trained by Alexander Zimin and Teddy Atlas, Povetkin since 2012 is coached by former super lightweight world champion Kostya Tszyu.
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.
Amateur boxing competition record
|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||Banghok||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
- 2002 won the gold medal at the European Championships in Perm, Russia at Super heavyweight. Results were:
- 2003 won the gold medal at the World Championships in Bangkok at Super heavyweight. Results were:
- 2004 won the gold medal at the European Championships in Pula, Croatia at Super heavyweight. Results were:
- 2004 won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens at Super heavyweight representing Russia. Results were:
Kickboxing competition record
|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|
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 Muhammed 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
After Wladimir Klitschko unified his WBO & IBF titles with David Haye's WBA title, Klitchko 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, Alexander 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.
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.
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.
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. This fight was rescheduled for 29 September, and Povetkin knocked out Rahman in second round.
On 5 October 2013, Povetkin fought Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA (super), WBO, IBF and IBO Heavyweight titles. Klitschko won a unanimous decision, knocking down Povetkin three times in the seventh round. All three judges scored the fight 119-104 for Klitschko. The fight took place in Moscow, Olympic Stadium.
Povetkin has a wife, Irina, and a four-year old daughter named Arina. He also has a brother, Vladimir Povetkin, who fights as a professional light heavyweight. Both fighters were trained by Valery Belov.
Professional boxing record
|26 Wins (18 knockouts, 8 decisions), 1 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Loss||26–1||Wladimir Klitschko||UD||12||2013-10-05||Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Central Federal District|
|Win||26–0||Andrzej Wawrzyk||TKO||3 (12), 2:28||2013-05-17||Crocus City Hall, Krasnogorsk, Moscow Oblast||Retained WBA (Regular) Heavyweight title.|
|Win||25–0||Hasim Rahman||TKO||2 (12), 1:46||2012-09-29||Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg||Retained WBA (Regular) Heavyweight title.|
|Win||24–0||Marco Huck||MD||12||2012-02-25||Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg||Retained WBA (Regular) Heavyweight title.|
|Win||23–0||Cedric Boswell||KO||8 (12), 2:58||2011-12-03||Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Uusimaa||Retained WBA (Regular) Heavyweight title.|
|Win||22–0||Ruslan Chagaev||UD||12||2011-08-27||Messehalle, Erfurt, Thuringia||Won vacant WBA (Regular) Heavyweight title.|
|Win||21–0||Nicolai Firtha||UD||10||2010-12-18||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin|
|Win||20–0||Teke Oruh||KO||5 (10), 2:57||2010-10-16||Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, Chenkov, Moscow Oblast|
|Win||19–0||Javier Mora||TKO||5 (10), 0:50||2010-03-13||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin|
|Win||18–0||Leo Nolan||KO||3 (10), 2:33||2009-12-05||Arena Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg|
|Win||17–0||Jason Estrada||UD||10||2009-04-04||Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen|
|Win||16–0||Taurus Sykes||TKO||4 (10), 1:43||2008-07-19||Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, Chenkov, Moscow Oblast|
|Win||15–0||Eddie Chambers||UD||12||2008-01-26||Tempodrom, Kreuzberg, Berlin||IBF Final Heavyweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||14–0||Chris Byrd||TKO||11 (12), 1:52||2007-10-27||Messehalle, Erfurt, Thuringia||IBF Semi-Final Heavyweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||13–0||Larry Donald||UD||10||2007-06-30||Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Central Federal District|
|Win||12–0||Patrice L'Heureux||KO||2 (10), 1:02||2007-05-26||Jako Arena, Bamberg, Bayern|
|Win||11–0||David Bostice||TKO||2 (10), 2:57||2007-03-03||Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern|
|Win||10–0||Imamu Mayfield||KO||3 (10)||2006-12-10||Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Central Federal District|
|Win||9–0||Ed Mahone||TKO||5 (8), 2:05||2006-09-23||Rittal Arena, Wetzlar, Hessen|
|Win||8–0||Livin Castillo||TKO||4 (8), 2:45||2006-06-03||TUI Arena, Hannover, Niedersachsen|
|Win||7–0||Friday Ahunanya||UD||6||2006-04-22||SAP-Arena, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg|
|Win||6–0||Richard Bango||KO||2 (6), 2:20||2006-03-04||EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen|
|Win||5–0||Willie Chapman||TKO||5 (6)||2005-12-17||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin|
|Win||4–0||Stephane Tessier||UD||4||2005-11-12||Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg|
|Win||3–0||John Castle||RTD||1 (4), 3:00||2005-10-01||EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen|
|Win||2–0||Cerrone Fox||TKO||4 (4), 2:37||2005-09-03||Internationales Congress Centrum, Charlottenburg, Berlin|
|Win||1–0||Muhammed Ali Durmaz||TKO||2 (4), 1:23||2005-06-11||BigBox, Kempten, Bayern||Professional debut.|
- Alexander Povetkin – Boxer. Boxrec.com.
- Rafael, Dan (2012-08-27) Tszyu leading Povetkin into battle. ESPN
- Povetkin beats Chambers, earns shot at heavyweight title. Sports.espn.go.com (2008-01-27). Retrieved on 2011-10-03.
- Владимир Кличко должен встретиться с Поветкиным до 13 сентября 2009 года. Sports.ru (2008-11-09). Retrieved on 2011-10-03.
- "Alexander Povetkin – Boxer". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
- "BoxRec Boxing Records". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
- Povetkin gets past Huck in a war. Fightnews.com (2012-02-25). Retrieved on 2012-10-16.
- Former heavyweight world champion Hasim Rahman (wrist) withdraws from fight against Alexander Povetkin – ESPN. Espn.go.com (2012-06-29). Retrieved on 2012-10-16.
- Alexander Povetkin-Hasim Rahman re-slated for Sept. 29 in Germany – ESPN. Espn.go.com (2012-08-06). Retrieved on 2012-10-16.
- Povetkin dismantles Rahman; keeps heavyweight belt – ESPN. Espn.go.com (2012-09-30). Retrieved on 2012-10-16.
- Alexander Povetkin – Boxer. Boxrec.com.
- The official web site
- Bio – file interview with Alexander Povetkin
- Personal page
- Professional boxing record for Alexander Povetkin from BoxRec
|Awards and achievements|
Title last held byDavid Haye
|WBA Heavyweight Champion
August 27, 2011 – October 5, 2013
Title unified by Wladimir Klitschko