Wladimir Klitschko Wins Ugly Unanimous Decision over Povetkin to Retain Title

Kevin McRaeFeatured Columnist IVMarch 29, 2017

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 4:  Wladimir Klitschko poses during the official weigh in at the Atrium shopping centre on October 4, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)
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Wladimir Klitschko retained his IBF,WBA,WBO and The Ring Magazine Heavyweight Championship's on Saturday night, defeating Alexander Povetkin by wide unanimous decision in Moscow. But it wasn't pretty.

All three judges scored the bout 119-104 for Klitschko, who had a point deducted in the 11th round for excessive pushing. 

Klitschko was simply too big for Povetkin, and he utilized his physical advantages to wear down his foe. In addition to pumping his trademark left jab, Klitschko forced his body weight down on top of Povetkin's head and neck every time the Russian was able to get on the inside. 

The tactic was—at best—questionably legal and drew frequent protests from the Russian's corner. It culminated in a brutal seventh round, in which Povetkin was dropped three times, and it appeared that two of them had as much to do with Klitschko's mauling and pushing as with landed punches. 

Povetkin was dropped four times in the bout, and struggled to land anything clean against the taller, bigger champion. 

With the victory, Klitschko improves to 61-3, and Povetkin drops to 26-1.