Posted by Press Releases on Dec 4, 2011
Povetkin knocks out Boswell to defend WBA Heavyweight Title

Povetkin knocks out Boswell to defend WBA Heavyweight Title

Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) made a spectacular first defence of his WBA Heavyweight Title, knocking out Cedric Boswell (35-2, 26 KOs) in the eighth round of their clash in Helsinki, Finland .

Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,738 fans at a rocking Hartwall Areena, Povetkin looked sharp from the first bell, cleverly picking his opponent apart.

The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner took away Boswell´s jab and landed good combinations throughout. He turned it on in the seventh when he pelted the brave American with powerful shots – only for the bell to save him. In the eighth, Povetkin then finished him off with a series of hard punches that knocked Boswell down and out.

“This was a good win for me,” he stated afterwards. “The preparation with Teddy Atlas had gone very well. I did what I was supposed to do in the ring and I am happy about the result.”

At the post-fight press conference, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck stormed to the podium to challenge Povetkin. “I have defended my title eight times, I need a new challenge at heavyweight,” Huck said. Povetkin was quick to accept: “Let´s get it on,” he replied.

On the undercard, WBA/WBC/WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (19-0, 5 KOs) defended her title collection with a tenth-round TKO victory over Kuulei Kupihea (7-2, 1 KO).

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