Undefeated heavyweight Alexander Povetkin passed the biggest test of his professional career with a 12-round unanimous decision win (117-113 twice and 116-112) over former beltholder Ruslan Chagaev. The win is totally legitimate. The fact that the win makes Povetkin the WBA heavyweight champ is totally bogus.
Wladimir Klitschko remains the legitimate heavyweight champ but the WBA elevated him to "super" champion status so that Povetkin and Chagaev could fight for the now conveniently "vacant" heavyweight title. What a joke.
Povetkin capped off a stellar amateur career by winning the super heavyweight gold medal at the 2004 Olympics so big things were expected of him as a pro. Instead, the 6'2" Russian has been managed extremely cautiously - some would say overprotected - and only now, at the age of 31, appears prepared to challenge the division's elite fighters. Povetkin may have a belt now, but until he (or anyone else) beats one of the Klitschko brothers in the ring, no one will recognize him as a true heavyweight champion.
In the co-feature, 6'6" Robert Helenius raised his record to 16-0 with a ninth-round TKO of former WBO beltholder Sergei Liakhovich. Helenius knocked Liakhovich down late in round eight and finished him off just 19 seconds into the following round. At 27, Helenius remains a work in progress but has the size and power to provide the heavyweight division with a desperately needed dose of excitement. The "Nordic Nightmare" has now scored stoppage wins over three former champs: Liakhovich, Samuel Peter (KO 9 in April) and Lamon Brewster (TKO 8 in 2010).