WBC Prez is Proud of Povetkin's Performance With Joshua

By Luke Furman

Although his organization was not involved in the fight, World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman was very proud of the performance of Alexander Povetkin of Russia.

Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs), who is the mandatory challenger under the WBA and WBO, was knocked out in seven rounds by IBF, WBO, IBO, WBA world champion Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) on Saturday night, before a massive crowd at Wembley Stadium in London.

Povetkin suffered the first stoppage loss of his pro career and his first defeat since 2013, when he lost a twelve round decision to a prime Wladimir Klitschko.

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Povetkin has had quite the history with the WBC.

He was scheduled to fight WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in May of 2016, but the contest was canceled after Povetkin tested positive for a banned substance. And then in December 2016, Povetkin was scheduled to fight Bermane Stiverne for the WBC interim-title, and that fight was also canceled after the Russian boxer tested positive for another banned substance.

Many expected the WBC to issue a multi-year ban from the sport.

After paying a hefty fine and taking part in a strict drug testing program, the WBC allowed Povetkin to continue his career and avoid a long suspension.

At 39-years-old, the Olympic gold medal winner and former WBA world champion has possibly reached the end of the road - as securing another world title shot will not come anytime soon.

Sulaiman says Povetkin's future should only be decided by the fighter himself.

"It was a great fight at a heavyweight, both fighters showed off their big hearts and great abilities. Povetkin was fighting in this fight on an equal footing [with Joshua]. I'm proud of Alexander for his perseverance and dedication to boxing. He deserves the opportunity to decide his future on his own," said Sulaiman to Vasily Konov.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kafkod on 09-24-2018

[QUOTE=champion4ever;19134075]Whenever there is an undisputed or a unification bout, it supersedes the mandatory defense. Joshua didn't have to challenge Povetkin right away. It was done by choice. He could have easily delayed it by getting an extension to fight Deontay…

Comment by kafkod on 09-24-2018

[QUOTE=Corelone;19133779]AJ was 25 pounds bigger than poots and half a foot taller. Wilder was 30 pounds smaller than King Kong with no height and reach advantage. Who is doing the cherry picking?[/QUOTE] Ortiz is about 30lbs overweight, suffering from high…

Comment by DuckAdonis on 09-24-2018

[QUOTE=champion4ever;19133520]The old man made a very good account of himself after being selected as an Anthony Joshua cherry pick opponent.[/QUOTE] How was he a cherrypick? He was a mando and universally recognised as a top 5 Heavyweight.

Comment by Oshio on 09-24-2018

Every stench of corruption whenever this man speaks... Has he yet given any explanation why WBC number 2 is not a mandatory challenger for Wilder?

Comment by Boksfan on 09-24-2018

Why is this corrupted scumbag Suleiman proud of the fight that got nothing to do with his crooked belt?

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