Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko gave Alexander Povetkin his first loss by earning a unanimous decision to keep his WBA and IBF belts on Saturday.

Klitschko knocked down Povetkin three times in the seventh round.

All three judges ruled 119-104 each for Klitschko (61-3, 52 KO), handing Povetkin his first defeat in 27 fights.

Klitschko stuck to his usual tactics, scoring frequently off his left jap and forcing Povetkin to attack, but the Russian rarely succeeded.

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Klitschko first knocked Povetkin down with a combination 51 seconds into the seventh round. He floored Povetkin again with a left hook 35 seconds later, and again with 57 second left, but the Russian recovered.

-AP

ROTORUA DAILY POST | Sport
4 Oct, 2013 6:10am
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