Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/27/14
30
Undefeated Alexander Povetkin of Russia retained his WBA heavyweight title with a second-round technical knockout of American challenger Hasim Rahman on Saturday. After a cagey first round, Povetkin exploded into life in the next, delivering a series of blows to which the 39-year-old former WBC, IBF and IBO champion had no response. Referee Gustavo Padilla of Panama had no option but to call it off 1 minute, 36 seconds into the round with Povetkin able to pick his shots at will. ''I prepared myself well. It's a pity I couldn't show it for that long,'' said the 33-year-old Povetkin, who improved to 25-0 (17 KOs). Rahman dropped to 50-8-2 (41 KOs) after his first bout since June 2011. The fight was Povetkin's third defense of the WBA title he earned by beating Ruslan Chagaev on points in August 2011. The belt was vacated by Wladimir Klitschko when the Ukrainian was elevated to ''super champion'' by the WBA after his win over David Haye. Povetkin becomes the mandatory challenger ...
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Anonymous teammate blasts Robert Griffin III

Big Ten could see a bowl eligible team miss postseason

Cam Newton on struggles: ‘You realize rainy days don’t last’

Five questions to ask ahead of the MLB Winter Meetings

Redskins tickets selling for as little as $1

Andrew Miller agrees to four-year, $36M deal with Yankees

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brandon Marshall out for the season with collapsed lung

Josh Smith has the worst streak in sports right now

Rays hire Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash as new manager

Jayson Werth sentenced to jail time for excessive speeding

Josh Gordon admits to 'playing catch-up' with Brian Hoyer

Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman saves day at strip club?

Pac-12 Championship game was poorly attended

Bears fans stabbed by Cowboys fans outside Soldier Field

Terminator Genisys convinced Nike to reproduce sneakers for film

PAC-12 Championship preview: Oregon vs. Arizona

College football playoff: recipes for chaos

Activism, sports and feeling angry as a fan

Adrian Peterson 'likely' to be reinstated next week

WATCH: Rodgers' impromptu visit surprises school, dean

What if the USFL didn't fold?

Teammate gives Peyton Manning grief over commercial

Game of the week: Seahawks vs. Eagles

Steve Kerr inherited a lot, but already has improved Warriors

Boxing News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Josh Smith has the worst streak in sports right now

Werth headed to jail for speeding?

In remembrance of sports columnist Bryan Burwell

What if the USFL didn't fold?

How do you know if your team is the “Mystery Team”?

Bulldogs OL saves day at strip club?

Game of the week: Seahawks vs. Eagles

Yankees trade for Didi Gregorius

Ortiz: BoSox must step up for Lester

Dez Bryant sounds off on sideline antics

Eric Decker defends wife from critics

Activism, sports and feeling angry as a fan

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.