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Alexander Povetkin – Russian professional boxer

Alexander Povetkin
Alexander Povetkin was born on September 2, 1979 in Kursk
He is a Russian professional boxer, Honored master of sports of Russia. The boxer has earned the title of Champion of Russia, Europe, Asia and World Champion, and became the Olympic champion.
Since 2012 Povetkin is coached by former super lightweight world champion Kostya Tszyu.

Povetkin Kostya Tszyu

Povetkin and Kostya Tszyu


In 1997 Alexander became a winner of the Kickboxing World Junior championship.
Povetkin won his first major boxing tournament at the Russian Championships in 2000 at the age of 21.
He was the winner of the Good Will Games in Brisbane, Australia in 2001; the 34th European Championship in 2002; the XII World Championship in 2003 held in Thailand; and the 35th European Championship in 2004; 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Only in 2005 Alexander turned pro. In 2005 he made his professional debut in Germany by defeating German Muhammad Ali.
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Povetkin has a daughter Arina with his ex-wife Irina. In July 2013 Alexander married Yevgenia Merkulova, who is a daughter of an Honored Master of Sports in judo Yuri Merkulov. The wedding took place in the Czech Republic.

Povetkin daughter

Povetkin’s daughter Arina

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Povetkin and his wife


He also has a brother, Vladimir Povetkin, who fights as a professional boxer.
Alexander’s idol was the famous actor Bruce Lee. Povetkin has a tattoo on his left hand in the form of Svarog Stars.

On December 13, 2008 Povetkin was supposed to challenge Vladimir Klitschko, but the fight didn’t take place due to Alexander’s injury.
And on October 5, 2013, after five years, the fight Povetkin vs Klitschko for the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO Heavyweight titles takes place in Moscow, Olympic Stadium.

Povetkin VS Klitschko

Povetkin VS Klitschko

Povetkin VS Klitschko


A ticket to the fight Povetkin – Klitschko on the “black” market cost 20 thousand dollars.
Amateur career
– Klitschko went to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta instead of his older brother Vitaliy. After winning the gold medal, Vladimir became the first European who managed to win top honors in the heavyweight – over 91 kg.
– Alexander Povetkin became the first Russian heavyweight Olympic champion in 2004 in Athens.
Knockouts as a pro
– Vladimir Klitschko had 63 professional boxing fights, gained 60 victories – 52 of them by knockout.
– Povetkin won all 26 fights and 18 of them by knockout.
Povetkin VS Klitschko

Povetkin VS Klitschko

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Klitschko Povetkin

Klitschko and Povetkin after the fight

Klitschko and Povetkin after the fight

Klitschko Povetkin Souvenirs