Former WBA heavyweight title holder Alexander Povetkin remains on course for another shot at a world title following a tenth round stoppage win over Carlos Takam in Moscow.
Povetkin took over what was a closely-fought contest late on, dropping Cameroonian Takam in the ninth, before an assault in the tenth led to experienced referee Kenny Bayless calling a halt to the bout.
With the victory, 2004 Olympic gold medallist Povetkin claimed the WBC silver heavyweight belt and is now the number one contender to face the winner of the impending WBC title clash between champion Bermane Stiverne and mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder.
In another heavyweight feature, Manuel Charr recovered from his recent loss to Povetkin by stopping American vetean Michael Grant after five completed rounds. Charr, 30, scored a 27th career victory, a sixteenth early finish, and moves further up the rankings after inflicting Grant’s sixth defeat.
Also on the bill, Rakhim Chakhkiev, Eduard Troyanovsky and Arif Magomedov were victorious against Giacobbe Fagomeni, Jose Alfaro and Michael Zerafa respectively.
In the UK, Frankie Gavin warmed up for his upcoming British welterweight title bout with Bradley Skeete by halting Mate Hornyak in two rounds at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall.
The Birmingham fighter, who recently lost for the first time in his career to Leonard Bundu, was too much for the Hungarian to handle and now moves on to undefeated Skeete on November 29.
Elsewhere in Colombia, Darleys Perez kept a firm grip on his interim WBA lightweight title with a sixth round triumph over Jaider Parra at the Coliseo Universidad del Norte. The 31 year-old is now in line to challenge full champion Richar Abril in the first quarter of 2015.
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