Alexander Povetkin Retires

By: Sean Crose Although he never held a legitimate world title, heavyweight Alexander Povetkin cut out an impressive career for himself over the course of over fifteen years. With a record of 36 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw, the former Russian Olympian has decided to retire from the sport of boxing. "The years take their toll," Povetkin announced on social media. "I have all kinds of injuries that still need to be treated. The time has come for me to end my career." At forty one years of age, Povetkin can boast of having won a WBA, as well as a WBC belt. He can also boast of having an an extremely impressive amateur career, one which culminated in Povetkin's winning a gold medal in the super heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Turning pro the following year, he went on to win 26 in a row, earning the chance to face divisional kingpin Wladimir Klitschko for a number of title belts in 2013. The fight ended up presenting Povetkin with his first loss, via unanimous decision. Povetkin went on to win his next eight matches, getting a second crack at heavyweight glory in 2018 when he faced Anthony Joshua for the Englishman's numerous titles. Picture By Ian Walton. Povetkin managed to present defending champion Joshua with a degree of trouble, but was finally stopped by the towering power puncher in the 7th. Although it appeared Povetkin's best days were behind him, he went on to score impressive wins against Hughie Fury and Dillian Whyte respectively. The victory over Whyte, a one punch knockout in 2020, was particularly impressive. Still, Povetkin's last bout, a rematch against Whyte this past March, ended with the former world title challenger being stopped in the 4th round. It was enough for the aging fighter to decide it was time to hang up the gloves. Povetkin's career was not without controversy. He was supposed to face Deontay Wilder for Wilder's WBC world heavyweight title in 2016, but tested positive for meldonium. Although Povetkin's team argued he had taken the drug before it was banned, he nonetheless was never able to meet Wilder in the ring. The man also tested positive for Ostarine in 2017, just before a bout with former titlist Bermane Stiverne. That fight also ended up being cancelled. Povetkin was subsequently fined and temporarily banned by the WBC. In an era where the heavyweight division was largely dominated by European heavyweights, Povetkin never fought professionally in the United States. The post Alexander Povetkin Retires appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Alexander Povetkin Retires

By: Sean Crose

Although he never held a legitimate world title, heavyweight Alexander Povetkin cut out an impressive career for himself over the course of over fifteen years. With a record of 36 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw, the former Russian Olympian has decided to retire from the sport of boxing. "The years take their toll," Povetkin announced on social media. "I have all kinds of injuries that still need to be treated. The time has come for me to end my career." At forty one years of age, Povetkin can boast of having won a WBA, as well as a WBC belt.

He can also boast of having an an extremely impressive amateur career, one which culminated in Povetkin's winning a gold medal in the super heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Turning pro the following year, he went on to win 26 in a row, earning the chance to face divisional kingpin Wladimir Klitschko for a number of title belts in 2013. The fight ended up presenting Povetkin with his first loss, via unanimous decision. Povetkin went on to win his next eight matches, getting a second crack at heavyweight glory in 2018 when he faced Anthony Joshua for the Englishman's numerous titles.

Picture By Ian Walton.

Povetkin managed to present defending champion Joshua with a degree of trouble, but was finally stopped by the towering power puncher in the 7th. Although it appeared Povetkin's best days were behind him, he went on to score impressive wins against Hughie Fury and Dillian Whyte respectively. The victory over Whyte, a one punch knockout in 2020, was particularly impressive. Still, Povetkin's last bout, a rematch against Whyte this past March, ended with the former world title challenger being stopped in the 4th round. It was enough for the aging fighter to decide it was time to hang up the gloves.

Povetkin's career was not without controversy. He was supposed to face Deontay Wilder for Wilder's WBC world heavyweight title in 2016, but tested positive for meldonium. Although Povetkin's team argued he had taken the drug before it was banned, he nonetheless was never able to meet Wilder in the ring. The man also tested positive for Ostarine in 2017, just before a bout with former titlist Bermane Stiverne. That fight also ended up being cancelled. Povetkin was subsequently fined and temporarily banned by the WBC. In an era where the heavyweight division was largely dominated by European heavyweights, Povetkin never fought professionally in the United States.

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By: Hans Themistode Keith Thurman is quietly sick and tired of Errol Spence Jr. The current unified welterweight champion has continued to receive a ton of praise for his recent run of big fights over the past few years. With wins over Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter and Mikey Garcia - Spence Jr. has claimed a spot amongst every sensible top ten pound for pound list. Now, due to his status, Spence Jr. has earned a showdown against former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Despite how many names the Dallas native continues to scratch off his Hitlist, Spence Jr. refuses to face off against Thurman. After spending his younger years chasing a match against the former unified star, Spence Jr. has vowed to never face Thurman since their showdown never took place. While Spence Jr. continues to say that he is no longer interested, Thurman questions whether he was truly interested in the first place. “When people want somebody, they want somebody,” explained Thurman during an interview with FightHype.com. “When you want a Lamborghini you want a Lamborghini. I can ask you two years from now, you want your Lamborghini, it doesn't change. When you really want something you want something. I want to see it, I just didn't want to see it for no reason, at no stage, with no pay. I just didn’t want to see that.” Although Thurman never believed the time was quite right, at this point, he believes everything now makes sense for their showdown to take place. First things first, however, both sides have a few last-minute things to take care of. For Spence Jr., an August 21st showdown against Pacquiao is first up on his docket. The long-reigning unified champion has always wanted a matchup with the future first ballot Hall of Famer and will finally get his wish in just a few short months. As for Thurman, he hasn't stepped into the ring since July of 2019, ironically enough, against Pacquiao. The two faced off at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada with Thurman’s WBA welterweight title on the line. After hitting the deck in the opening round, Thurman rallied in the second half but ultimately fell short. Immediately following the first defeat of his career, Thurman tended to a nagging hand injury and has been on the sidelines ever since. Recently, rumors have surfaced that a possible rematch between Shawn Porter and Thurman could take place sometime this fall. Thurman originally won an extremely close unanimous decision victory in 2016. If both Spence Jr. and Thurman come out victorious, a matchup between the pair would be ideal in the mind of Thurman. As far as Spence Jr. reiterating that he has no desire to face him, Thurman believes that his long-time rival should simply put away the theatrics. “EJ can say whatever he wants, I think it’s a whole bunch of nonsense and drama.” The post Keith Thurman Explains Why He Originally Wasn’t Interested In Facing Errol Spence Jr. appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Keith Thurman Explains Why He Originally Wasn’t Interested In Facing Errol Spence Jr.

By: Hans Themistode

Keith Thurman is quietly sick and tired of Errol Spence Jr. The current unified welterweight champion has continued to receive a ton of praise for his recent run of big fights over the past few years. With wins over Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter and Mikey Garcia - Spence Jr. has claimed a spot amongst every sensible top ten pound for pound list. Now, due to his status, Spence Jr. has earned a showdown against former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

Despite how many names the Dallas native continues to scratch off his Hitlist, Spence Jr. refuses to face off against Thurman. After spending his younger years chasing a match against the former unified star, Spence Jr. has vowed to never face Thurman since their showdown never took place. While Spence Jr. continues to say that he is no longer interested, Thurman questions whether he was truly interested in the first place.

“When people want somebody, they want somebody,” explained Thurman during an interview with FightHype.com. “When you want a Lamborghini you want a Lamborghini. I can ask you two years from now, you want your Lamborghini, it doesn't change. When you really want something you want something. I want to see it, I just didn't want to see it for no reason, at no stage, with no pay. I just didn’t want to see that.”

Although Thurman never believed the time was quite right, at this point, he believes everything now makes sense for their showdown to take place. First things first, however, both sides have a few last-minute things to take care of.

For Spence Jr., an August 21st showdown against Pacquiao is first up on his docket. The long-reigning unified champion has always wanted a matchup with the future first ballot Hall of Famer and will finally get his wish in just a few short months. As for Thurman, he hasn't stepped into the ring since July of 2019, ironically enough, against Pacquiao. The two faced off at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada with Thurman’s WBA welterweight title on the line.

After hitting the deck in the opening round, Thurman rallied in the second half but ultimately fell short. Immediately following the first defeat of his career, Thurman tended to a nagging hand injury and has been on the sidelines ever since.

Recently, rumors have surfaced that a possible rematch between Shawn Porter and Thurman could take place sometime this fall. Thurman originally won an extremely close unanimous decision victory in 2016. If both Spence Jr. and Thurman come out victorious, a matchup between the pair would be ideal in the mind of Thurman. As far as Spence Jr. reiterating that he has no desire to face him, Thurman believes that his long-time rival should simply put away the theatrics.

“EJ can say whatever he wants, I think it’s a whole bunch of nonsense and drama.”

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