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KLITSCHKO IN 12 DOMINANT ROUND OVER POVETKIN

 

 

Klitschko reigns supreme with emphatic win over Povetkin in easy £11MILLION payday

By Martin Domin  -  dailymail.co.uk

Wladimir Klitschko’s dominance of the heavyweight division continued on Saturday night as he dismantled the previously unbeaten Alexander Povetkin in Moscow.

The younger of the two brothers has reigned supreme for more than seven years but was expected to face his toughest challenge to date against the former Olympic gold medallist.

But the 37-year-old recorded a near-shutout victory, knocking Povetkin down four times en-route to retaining his WBO, IBO, IBF and WBA titles by unanimous decision.

Still champion: Wladimir Klitschko celebrates with his multiple world titles after beating Alexander Povetkin

Still champion: Wladimir Klitschko celebrates with his multiple world titles after beating Alexander Povetkin

Klitschko, who earned a guaranteed $17million (£11m) in what was the second richest heavyweight fight in history behind Mike Tyson's defeat to Lennox Lewis, was in control from the first bell, using his ram-rod jab to keep the smaller, more compact Povetkin at bay.

The Russian was floored once in the second round and three times in the seventh before Klitschko was deducted a point in the penultimate session for persistent holding.

Not even that was enough for Povetkin to win the round however and he went down 119-104 on all three scorecards.

Down and out: Wladimir Klitschko knocked Alexander Povetkin down four times en-route to victory

Down and out: Wladimir Klitschko knocked Alexander Povetkin down four times en-route to victory

Alexander Povetkin

Alexander Povetkin

'Alexander is a fighter and it was hard for him because I hurt him. But he stuck in there because he has a big heart,' said Klitschko.

'I wanted to finish it earlier. I wanted to land that one big punch and I think I could have done better.'

Relentless: Klitschko used his jab to great effect to negate the threat posed by the unbeaten Povetkin

Relentless: Klitschko used his jab to great effect to negate the threat posed by the unbeaten Povetkin

Alexander Povetkin

Apart from the occasional big right, the bruised Povetkin had little to offer going forward.

'I will train harder and become stronger,' he said. 'Sometimes it did not work what I wanted to do. I put everything in out there.

'I never give up. I fight until the very end. Klitschko was stronger, he is the best in the world at the moment.'

Sourcewww.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-2446082/Wladimir-Klitschko-beats-Alexander-Povetkin-retain-heavyweight-titles.html

 

 

 

 

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