Alexander Povetkin Will Have Two More Fights, Then Retire

By Luke Furman

Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs), 39-years-old, is going to have two more fights at most, before retiring for good from the sport.

Back in September, Povetkin took part in what was likely his final world title shot - and he was knocked out in seven rounds by WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium in London.

Povetkin previously held the WBA's "regular" heavyweight title at the weight. His only other defeat came at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko, by decision, in 2013. 

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Povetkin's promoter, Andrei Ryanbinsky, is fully backing his boxer's decision.

“We have discussed this with Alexander and agreed that he would hold one or two more fights and then we would end his (career),” Ryabinsky said by phone to Vasily Konov.

“We are not yet ready to discuss any names of future opponents, but what I can say is that the fight with Joshua made a very serious impression on the English fans. They were impressed that Alexander was so brave and the way he fought. The fighters who fight to the end are very valuable throughout the world.

"We thought that it was time to end his career, but the organizers in England began a conversation with us about having one or two more fights, because there was a very high demand to see Alexander again. So we’ll do some more."

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman sees nothing wrong with Povetkin deciding to continue his career.

“Alexander Povetkin is a very good boxer. And if he decides to continue his career, it’s because he has a lion's heart. We wish him the best of luck. I think he can be competitive and I think he can still beat most heavyweights,” said Sulaiman.

 Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 11-20-2018

Povetkin against Whyte, ortiz or Chisora would be perfect.

Comment by THEFRESHBRAWLER on 11-14-2018

[QUOTE=Jax teller;19271412]He's an Olympic gold medalist and had some BS world WBA world title and a couple decent wins, but still more than Ortiz. I'd say they're both dangerous but both old and a good fight if they came together.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Jax teller on 11-14-2018

[QUOTE=THEFRESHBRAWLER;19268784]Povetkin achieved nothing. He lost his biggest fights him and Ortiz are both cheaters but I thought this guy was in his 20s the way Joshua fans were talking[/QUOTE] He's an Olympic gold medalist and had some BS world WBA…

Comment by Boksfan on 11-14-2018

[QUOTE=Marchegiano;19268939] But yeah.....Povetkin's similar to Ortiz....sure. Because Wilder...sure.[/QUOTE] Sure Povetkin isn't similar to Ortiz. Ortiz is a bum compared to Povetkin, nothing similar about them.

Comment by larryxxx.. on 11-14-2018

[QUOTE=DougalDylan;19268644]Its common knowledge Ortiz is 48, he's talked previously of watch Ali live and we have his opponents for comparison. [SIZE="6"]Povetkin was a young pup when he schooled him in the amateurs[/SIZE] looks like king Kong hasn't improved much given…

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