Alexander Povetkin has introduced 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 2 fights, has known as time on his profession, having additionally been overwhelmed by Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua.
Povetkin had a stellar newbie run, claiming World Championship gold in 2003 in addition to two European Championship golds.
He correctly emerged within the mainstream when he gained gold on the Athens 2004 Olympics.
The Russian turned professional in 2005 and started to construct his profession boxing primarily in Germany.
He claimed the WBA ‘common’ belt in 2011, although was by no means in a position to seize a completely recognised heavyweight world title.
His first try got here in a dominant unanimous determination loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013.
Following this defeat he went on essentially the most ruthless run of his profession, scoring assertion KOs over the likes of Manuel Charr and Carlos Takam.
He was on account of problem Deontay Wilder in 2016, however examined optimistic for meldonium – a lately banned substance which he insisted he’d solely taken earlier than it had been banned.
Regardless, the struggle didn’t go forward.
Povetkin was then ordered to face Bermane Stiverne to resolve Wilder’s new necessary, however examined optimistic for ostarine.
He rebuilt his profession and have become WBA necessary after brutally knocking out David Worth.
This earned him a 2018 shot at Anthony Joshua which led to a seventh-round stoppage defeat at Wembley Stadium.
A win over Hughie Fury and disputed draw with Michael Hunter led him to the ultimate fights of his profession – in opposition to Dillian Whyte.
First time round in August 2020, the aged Povetkin pulled off a giant shock by KOing Whyte with a shocking uppercut at Combat Camp after being floored twice himself.
Within the rematch on March 27, Whyte returned the favour and stopped the Russia, prompting his determination to retire.