Promoter Feels It’s Time for Alexander Povetkin to End His Career

Published 04/01/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
LUDWIGSBURG, GERMANY – DECEMBER 05: Leo Nolan (not in the picture) of the US and Alexander Povetkin of Russia exchange punches during their Heavyweight fight at the Arena Ludwigsburg on December 5, 2009 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Boxing veteran Alexander Povetkin succumbed to a dreadful career defeat against Dillian Whyte last weekend. The pair contested with each other to settle their unfinished business, thus determining the WBC interim heavyweight king. Whyte won this fight in the most ecstatic fashion and put a dent in the Russian’s extensive boxing career.

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Following the events of ‘Rumble on the Rock’, Povetkin’s promoter, Andrey Ryabinskiy, was in an interview with Sky Sports. In the conversation, he shed some light on the ‘Russian Vityaz’s headspace after the Dillian Whyte loss and his future ahead.

“Yes, we’ve talked right after the fight. Sasha, of course, is upset that he couldn’t beat Dillian.”

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“But it’s a sport, you need to be prepared for any outcome.”

“In my opinion, now is the best time to end his career,” said Ryabinskiy.

Nothing went right for the veteran in this fight. Right from the first bell, Whyte walked him down with his powerful blows to the face and body. Povetkin hardly landed any cosmic shots in the fight; he just couldn’t handle the polished version of Dillian Whyte.

It was in round 4 when the Brit caught him with a solid right hand, which left him wobbling. Whyte scored a vicious T/KO win in that round to settle his scores with the Russian.

The duo fought each other in August 2020, wherein Povetkin floored Whyte to the canvas. But the ‘Russian Vityaz’ looked washed up in this rematch, and consequently, he ended up on the losing side.

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Is it finally time for Alexander Povetkin to take a call on his career?

Alexander Povetkin has hung around the sport for almost 2 decades. In his classic boxing stint, Povetkin fought many bigwigs of the heavyweight roster, including both young guns and experienced pugilists.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Undercard, Alexander Povetkin speaks to the media during the Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell press conference in the lead up to the WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Fight at the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel on August 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

He is 41 and citing his performances in the last few years, it’s unquestionable that Povetkin should consider hanging up his gloves.

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The ‘Russian Vityaz’ has many achievements in the bag and looking back at his career, he can only be proud of his accomplishments.

With his rich boxing skills, Povetkin has inspired a generation of budding boxers and his legacy will be cherished for many more years to come.

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Do you think Povetkin’s time is up inside the squared circle?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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