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Alexander Vladimirovich "Sasha" Povetkin born 2 September 1979) is a Russian professional boxer who has held the WBC interim heavyweight title since August 2020. Previously, he held the WBA (Regular) heavyweight title from 2011 to 2013 and has challenged twice for the unified heavyweight championship.
As an amateur, Povetkin won gold medals in the super-heavyweight division at the 2002 and 2004 European Championships, 2003 World Championships, and 2004 Olympics. After turning professional in 2005, he defeated Ruslan Chagaev to claim the vacant WBA (Regular) title in 2011. He challenged unified champion Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal titles in 2013, suffering his first professional career loss by unanimous decision.
As of October 2020, Povetkin is ranked as the world's fourth best active heavyweight by The Ring magazine and BoxRec, and fifth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, as well as the world's ninth best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec. *