His amateur success would culminate in winning the gold medal at super-heavyweight (>91 kg) at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. After taking Olympic Gold, he concluded his amateur career with a record of 125-7, with all losses avenged.
Povetkin took a year off before making the decision to turn pro. After meeting with several fight promoters, Povetkin signed a contract to fight for Sauerland Events. Unlike other promoters, Sauerland would allow Povetkin to train mainly in his native Russia and fight primarily out of Germany.
On March 3, 2007, Povetkin scored a TKO over the experienced David Bostice. Three months later, Alex fought Larry Donald and cruised to an easy unanimous decision win.
On October 27, 2007, Povetkin met former world title holder Chris Byrd, who had lost his title to Klitschko the year before. Povetkin won the fight by way of an 11th round TKO victory. Byrd put up more resistance than Donald was ultimately overwhelmed and his corner threw in the towel.
On January 26, 2008, after initial problems, Povetkin defeated Chambers by unanimous decision to become the mandatory challenger for Klitschko. However, Povetkin withdrew from the fight against Klitschko citing an injury. Many believe he was forced to back out because his trainer didn't believe Alex was ready to face the younger Klitschko.
In August 2011, Povetkin defeated Ruslan Chagaev by unanimous decision to win a fringe (regular) version of the WBA Title.
Excellent overall skills
Strong amateur pedigree
Major World Titles
MD 12 Marco Huck - 2012
UD 12 Ruslan Chagaev - 2011
TKO 4 -Taurus Sykes 2008
UD 12 -Eddie Chambers 2008
TKO 11- Chris Byrd 2007
UD 10 - Larry Donald 2007
Won a gold medal as a super heavyweight representing Russia at the 2004 Olympics