They didn’t have knives, but both men suffered cut.
Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22KOs) retained his title after a dominating performance over Mariusz Wach (31-2, 17KOs) on Wednesday night at the Basket-Hall Arena, Kazan, Russia.
In the early round, Wach’s long jab did the damage to Povetkin’s left eye that made Povetkin’s corner busy working with the cut the entire fight.
But in the middle rounds, Povetkin stepped up his offense, cracking Wach with hard right and left hooks to the head. And in the late rounds, Povetkin opened a cut on Wach’s left eye that force the ringside doctor to stop the fight after Round 11.
With the win, Povetkin could be facing undefeated American Deontay Wilder — holder of another heavyweight title.