Wladimir Klitschko retains world titles with wide points win over Alexander Povetkin
Wladimir Klitschko retained his world heavyweight titles with a straightforward points win against Alexander Povetkin.
Last Updated: 06/10/13 5:08pm
The Ukrainian, who improved to 61-3, was taking on an undefeated Russian opponent in Moscow but made light of the hostile surroundings to completely dominate the fight.
Povetkin was knocked down on four occasions - three times in the seventh round alone - as Klitschko raced away to win by the incredibly wide margin of 119-104 on all three judges' scorecards.
A measure of Klitschko's dominance was illustrated by the fact that the only thing stopping him from getting the maximum 120 points was a deduction for excessive pushing in round 11.
"That was a tough bit of work, he's a real fighter," Klitschko said. "I kept landing the punches, but he stayed in there. I believe it was a deserved win, but I think I can improve still."
Both fighters came into the bout holding a version of the WBA crown but 'Super' title holder Klitschko affirmed his status as the true champion.
Povetkin said: "Things didn't quite go as well as I wanted, but I never give up. Of course, he was the better fighter, he's the best in the world, that's clear."
Povetkin, like Klitschko a former Olympic gold medallist, made a bright start but was sent down to the canvas in round two with a sharp left hook.
Klitschko started to dominate from there on behind his rock-solid jab and sent his rival down three more times in the seventh. Povetkin managed to survive until the final bell but never came close to getting the knockout he needed.
A crowd of 14,000 was on hand to see a routine performance from Klitschko and a spirited one from Povetkin, who had never been knocked down before.