Alexander Povetkin retires from boxing at age 41 following defeats to Dillian Whyte, Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko
Alexander Povetkin has announced that he’s retired from boxing following his rematch defeat to Dillian Whyte in March.
The 41-year-old, who suffered from COVID between the two fights, has called time on his career, having also been beaten by Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua.
Povetkin had a stellar amateur run, claiming World Championship gold in 2003 as well as two European Championship golds.
He properly emerged in the mainstream when he won gold at the Athens 2004 Olympics.
The Russian turned pro in 2005 and began to build his career boxing mainly in Germany.
He claimed the WBA ‘regular’ belt in 2011, though was never able to capture a fully recognised heavyweight world title.
His first attempt came in a dominant unanimous decision loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013.
Following this defeat he went on the most ruthless run of his career, scoring statement KOs over the likes of Manuel Charr and Carlos Takam.
He was due to challenge Deontay Wilder in 2016, but tested positive for meldonium – a recently banned substance which he insisted he’d only taken before it had been banned.
Regardless, the fight did not go ahead.
Povetkin was then ordered to face Bermane Stiverne to decide Wilder’s new mandatory, but tested positive for ostarine.
He rebuilt his career and became WBA mandatory after brutally knocking out David Price.
This earned him a 2018 shot at Anthony Joshua which ended in a seventh-round stoppage defeat at Wembley Stadium.
A win over Hughie Fury and disputed draw with Michael Hunter led him to the final fights of his career – against Dillian Whyte.
First time around in August 2020, the aged Povetkin pulled off a big shock by KOing Whyte with a stunning uppercut at Fight Camp after being floored twice himself.
In the rematch on March 27, Whyte returned the favour and stopped the Russia, prompting his decision to retire.