Boxing-Russia’s Povetkin announces retirement

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Russian fighter Alexander Povetkin stated on Sunday he was retiring, pointing out remaining injuries that need treatment.

The 41-year-old was the 2004 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist prior to turning expert. He held the World Boxing Association (WBA) world heavyweight title in between 2011 and 2013.

Povetkin had 36 wins, 3 losses and one attract his expert profession, consisting of 25 knockouts.

“The years take their toll,” Povetkin stated in a video published on his Instagram account. “I have all kinds of injuries that still need to be treated. The time has come for me to end my career.”

Dillian Whyte of Britain knocked out Povetkin in March after the Russian absolutely beat him last August for the World Boxing Council (WBC) interim heavyweight title.

Povetkin’s supervisor stated this year he was worried about the fighter’s health and was attempting to encourage him to retire.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Modifying by Ed Osmond)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.