Alexander Povetkin will go toe-to-toe with Dillian Whyte this Saturday, with a chance to become the mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury’s WBC heavyweight title.

Ahead of the bout, we take a look at the Russian’s career to date.

Tale of the tape

Name: Alexander Povetkin

Nickname: ‘Sasha’

Nationality: Russian

DOB: 02/09/1979

Age: 40

Height: 6ft 2

Reach: 75 inches

Stance: Orthodox

Professional record: 38-2-1

KOs: 24

Rounds: 250

Professional debut: 11/06/2005

Biggest fights

Alexander Povetkin vs Ruslan Chagaev – 27/08/2011

Arguably Alexander Povetkin’s greatest achievement in boxing was when he won Olympic gold in the super-heavyweight division at Athens in 2004.

But the Russian’s first real test of his professional career was against Ruslan Chageav for the WBA (Regular) heavyweight title in 2011, six years after his professional debut, in which he had acquired a 22-0 record.

He would fight Chagaev, a former heavyweight world champion, for a chance to show credentials at world level, and he passed the test with flying colours, winning by unanimous decision and setting himself up for future monster fights to come.

Wladimir Klitschko vs Alexander Povetkin – 05/10/2013

After four successful defences of his WBA (Regular) title, featuring the likes of former champion Hasim Rahman, it was scheduled that Povetkin would fight the reigning WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring world heavyweight champion in Wladimir Klitschko.

The fight would go on to be the most successful event on Russian television in 2013, with over 100m viewers tuning in worldwide, but was marred by Klitschko’s roughhouse tactics and a double knockdown in the seventh which were both scored despite initiated via pushing.

Klitschko was the clear winner throughout the fight, landing 139 punches to Povetkin’s 59, with all judges scoring the fight to the champion.

Alexander Povetkin vs Anthony Joshua – 22/09/2018

Povetkin has not been known to shy away from a challenge, and he went on an eight-fight winning streak after his defeat to Klitschko, beating the likes of Carlos Takam, Christian Hammer and David Price, which would be his final opponent before facing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

Joshua, fresh off of a second unification bout win, held the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles at the time, and it was Povetkin’s second chance to defeat one of the great heavyweights of his era.

But it was not to be. Although there was little to separate both fighters in the first six rounds, a right hand from Joshua in the seventh had Povetkin rocking, and it looked all the while that the fight would be stopped after the first knockdown.

Povetkin gallantly rose to feet, but another barrage of punches from Joshua prompted the referee to wade in and stop the fight. Another missed opportunity for Povetkin..

Up next: Dillian Whyte

Povetkin’s pedigree at world level can seldom be called into question, but a draw against rising prospect Michael Hunter in his last fight has led to questions raised over his age, and whether the Russian still possesses that knockout power to take the fight away from the judges’ scorecards.

Dillian Whyte has shown his boxing prowess in recent fights, with points wins over revered amateur Oscar Rivas and veteran Mariusz Wach – and if it was to go to the scorecards on Saturday, you’d expect Whyte to get the decision, which you can get at 6/4.

Whyte is a short 1/4 to win outright, while Povetkin comes in as underdog at 11/4.

Professional career record

  1. Beat Muhammed Ali Durmaz by TKO – 11/06/05
  2. Beat Cerrone Fox by TKO – 03/09/05
  3. Beat John Castle by RTD – 01/10/05
  4. Beat Stephane Tessier by UD – 12/11/05
  5. Beat Willie Chapman by TKO – 17/12/05
  6. Beat Richard Bango by KO – 04/03/06
  7. Beat Friday Ahunanya by UD – 22/04/06
  8. Beat Livin Castillo by TKO – 03/06/06
  9. Beat Ed Mahone by TKO – 23/09/06
  10. Beat Imamu Mayfield by TKO – 10/12/06
  11. Beat David Bostice by TKO – 03/03/07
  12. Beat Patrice L’Heureux by UD- 26/05/07
  13. Beat Larry Donald by UD – 30/06/07
  14. Beat Chris Byrd by TKO – 27/08/07
  15. Beat Eddie Chambers by UD – 26/01/08
  16. Beat Taurus Sykes by KO – 19/07/08
  17. Beat Jason Estrada by UD – 04/04/09
  18. Beat Leo Nolan by KO – 05/12/09
  19. Beat Javier Mora by TKO – 13/03/10
  20. Beat Teke Oruh by TKO – 16/10/10
  21. Beat Nicolai Firtha by UD – 18/12/10
  22. Beat Ruslan Chagaev by UD – 27/08/11
  23. Beat Cedric Bodwell by UD – 03/12/11
  24. Beat Marco Huck by MD – 25/02/12
  25. Beat Hasim Rahman by TKO – 29/09/12
  26. Beat Andrzej Wawrzyk by TKO – 17/05/13
  27. Loss Wladimir Klitschko by UD – 05/10/13
  28. Beat Manuel Charr by KO – 30/05/14
  29. Beat Carlos Takam by KO – 24/10/14
  30. Beat Mike Perez by TKO – 22/05/15
  31. Beat Mariusz Wach by TKO – 04/11/15
  32. Beat Johann Duhaupas by KO – 17/12/16
  33. Beat Andriy Rudenko by UD – 01/07/17
  34. Beat Christian Hammer by UD – 15/12/17
  35. Beat David Price by KO – 31/03/18
  36. Loss Anthony Joshua by TKO – 22/09/18
  37. Beat Hughie Fury by SD – 31/08/19
  38. Draw Michael Hunter by SD – 07/12/19

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