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Vladimir Klitschko retains heavyweight world titles

Updated: Saturday, 05 Oct 2013 22:49 | Comments

Vladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin face off at the weigh in
Vladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin face off at the weigh in

Ukraine's Vladimir Klitschko retained his heavyweight world titles with a points victory over Russian challenger Alexander Povetkin in Moscow's Olimpiyskiy stadium tonight.

The 37-year-old Klitschko, whose record improved to 61 wins and three losses, knocked Povetkin, undefeated in his 26 previous fights, down four times to earn a unanimous points victory and hold on to his WBA, IBO, IBF and WBO crowns.

Klitschko's older brother, Vitali, holds the WBC belt.

"Alexander is a fighter and it was hard for him because I hurt him. But he stuck in there because he has a big heart," said Vladimir in a ringside interview.

"I wanted to finish it earlier. I wanted to land that one big punch and I think I could have done better."

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