Feature | Jul 16 2018

Who is Alexander Povetkin?

Jack Figg profiles Anthony Joshua's next opponent, Alexander Povetkin
Alexander Povetkin
Alexander Povetkin  |  Action Images/Lee Smith

WITH Anthony Joshua having announced his IBF, WBA, and WBO world title defence, many will ask who is Alexander Povetkin, the man who will challenge him on September 22 at Wembley Stadium?

Born on September 2, 1979 in Kursk, Russia, Povetkin is an experienced boxer with a record of 34-1, formerly holding the WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight strap from 2011-2013.

His career as a fighter began in kickboxing where in June 2000 Povetkin won the European championships, five months later the Russian won his first major boxing tournament at the Russian championships at the age of 21.


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