Povetkin stops Carlos Takam
By Jim Dower: In a surprise stoppage, former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povektin (28-1, 20 KOs) defeated the much heavier #5 WBC Carlos Takam (30-2-1, 23 KOs) by a 10th round stoppage on Friday night to capture the World Boxing Council Silver heavyweight title at the Luzhniki Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia.
Povetkin struggled through much of the fight with the high work rate by the 33-year-old Takam. However, Povetkin hurt Takam in the 9th and put him down on the canvas.
In the 10th, Povetkin knocked Takam down for the second time in the fight in connecting with a hard left hook to the head. Takam was too hurt for the fight to go on. Referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight.
The victory for Povetkin puts him in a good solid position to get a title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne in the near future once the smoke clears from Stiverne’s fight against his mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder.
In undercard action, form 2008 Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev (20-1, 15 KOs), fighting in the cruiserweight division, defeated 45-year-old former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (32-5-2, 12 KOs) by a 4th round knockout to win the vacant European Boxing Union cruiserweight strap. Fragomeni was knocked down by big shots from Chakhkiev in the 3rd and 4th rounds.
Chakhkiev needs to step it up against better opposition than this because he’s capable of beating better fighters than facing guys Fragomeni’s age.
Heavyweight fringe contender #15 WB Manuel Charr (27-2, 16 KOs) rebounded from his 7th round stoppage loss to Povetkin to defeat 42-year-old Michael Grant by a 5th round stoppage. Grant didn’t come out for the 6th round. Charr landed some nice shots in the fight, but he looked as slow as ever.
Other boxing results on the card:
Eduard Troyanovsky TKO 5 Jose Alfaro
Arif Magomedov UD 10 Michael Zerafa