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Povetkin finishes Rahman; keeps belt

Unbeaten heavyweight titlist stopped former champion Rahman in two rounds

Updated: September 30, 2012, 3:46 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

As many suspected would be the case from the moment the fight was made, former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman had nothing to offer whatsoever in a brutal mismatch against second-tier titlist Alexander Povetkin on Saturday at the Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany.

Povetkin, making the third defense of his belt, is not to blame for the farcical fight, in which he crushed Rahman in two one-sided rounds. Povetkin had no choice but to accept the match if he wanted to keep his title.

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