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Byrd's father throws in towel after furious fight against Povetkin

Updated: October 27, 2007, 7:53 PM ET
Associated Press

ERFURT, Germany -- Unbeaten Russian Alexander Povetkin pounded Chris Byrd until the American's father threw in the towel in the 11th round Saturday night.

The 2004 Olympic champion took a step toward fighting world champion Wladimir Klitschko, winning the bloody IBF elimination fight in which Byrd's white trunks were smeared in blood from both fighter's cuts.

Povetkin had the fight wrapped up when Byrd's father, Joe, threw in the towel with 1:52 gone in ...

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