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Povetkin stops Rahman to retain WBA heavyweight belt

Associated Press

9/29/2012 6:14:45 PM

HAMBURG, Germany -- Undefeated Alexander Povetkin of Russia retained his WBA heavyweight title, stopping American challenger Hasim Rahman in the second round Saturday night.

Referee Gustavo Padilla stopped it 1:36 into the round, with Povetkin able to pick his shots at will against the 39-year-old former WBC, IBF and IBO champion.

The 33-year-old Povetkin improved to 25-0 with his 17th knockout. Rahman dropped to 50-8-2 after his first bout since June 2011.

The fight was Povetkin's third defence of the WBA belt he earned by outpointing Ruslan Chagaev in August 2011 for the then-vacant title.