Boxing veteran Alexander Povetkin retires at 41

The heavyweight boxer broke the news in an Instagram post. Povetkin said that the injuries that he has suffered in his career are now taking a toll on him and require treatment. He wrote: “The time has come for me to end my career.”

The 41-year-old contracted COVID-19 in late 2020. He last fought against Dillian Whyte in March where he suffered a loss via knockout. Povetkin was expected to take on either Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua again had he made it 2-0 against Whyte.

He had previously beaten Whyte last August for the WBC interim heavyweight title.

The White Lion ends his career with 36 wins, 25 of which came via KO. He lost only thrice and drew once.  He bagged the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and held the WBA title from 2011 to 2013.

For the avid boxing fans, Povetkin’s retirement isn’t extremely shocking news. The boxer’s manager had already hinted at the move, saying in early 2021 that his health doesn’t allow him to compete at the top level anymore.

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