Alexander Povetkin retained his WBA title today in Finland. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Alexander Povetkin started slow, but once he turned it on today in Helsinki, he steamrolled American challenger Cedric Boswell, scoring an eighth round knockout to retain his WBA "regular" heavyweight title.
Povetkin (23-0, 16 KO) and Boswell (35-2, 26 KO) were fairly even through four rounds, though Boswell wasn't landing much of note. Both were tentative to start, but in the sixth round, Povetkin stung Boswell for the first time, and after that, it was all in favor of the Russian, who hurt Boswell in the seventh near the end of the round. Boswell basically survived or was saved by the bell in both rounds, and went to his corner looking exhausted and defeated.
In the eighth, Povetkin found an opening, got Boswell on the ropes, and unloaded. With the referee looking to jump in, Boswell crumbled to the canvas, and couldn't beat the count.
The 42-year-old Boswell certainly didn't fight poorly, though he struggled offensively. Before his legs were taken from him, and before he started feeling Povetkin's power, he did a decent job playing defense. But he just wasn't in Povetkin's class, and in the end, Povetkin did what he was supposed to do: Knock out an overmatched opponent.
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