Wladimir Klitschko battered the previously undefeated Alexander Potevkin to retain his belt.
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MOSCOW (AP) -- Wladimir Klitschko retained his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles Saturday night, unanimously outpointing previously undefeated Alexander Povetkin.

Klitschko knocked down Povetkin three times in the seventh round.

All three judges ruled 119-104 for Klitschko (61-3). Povetkin lost for the first time in 27 fights.

"Povetkin is a fighter with high spirit," said Klitschko's older brother, Vitali. "He fought till the end. I do not think the bout could have been finished earlier. If Wladimir could do it he would have certainly done it."

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

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.

Povetkin became the mandatory challenger for Klitschko when he beat Hasim Rahman last yeart. Povetkin lost his regular WBA title, which he had defended four times before falling to Klitschko.

The latter gave up the belt in 2011 when he was elevated by the WBA to super champion after beating David Haye.

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