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Povetkin stops Wawrzyk in 3rd keep WBA belt

Updated: May 17, 2013, 5:21 PM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Unbeaten Alexander Povetkin retained his WBA heavyweight belt Friday night, stopping Polish challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk in the third round for his fourth successful title defense.

The 33-year-old Russian improved to 26-0 with his 18th knockout, flooring Wawrzyk in the second round and again in the third with a right to the head. The referee allowed Wawrzyk to continue before stopping the bout with 31 seconds left in the round.

"We didn't plan to win by a TKO," Povetkin said.

Povetkin, ...

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