At September 29 in Hamburg, two heavyweight title bouts went as expected, both champions defended their titles

Russian Alexander Povetkin, 33, defended his WBA regular belt. This defence, against 40-years-old Hasim Rahman, hardly could be called the well-deserved title fight. Rahman could take the speed and pressure of Povetkin, just little more than 4 minutes. In round two, after the big left hook, Alexander keeps punching, holding Hasim on the ropes, before the referee stops contest without a count. Everything clear about Rahman, but the champion himself looks very tired too... and this is after 4-in-a-half minutes only!? Looks like Povetkin is not ready yet for something really big, and when he is going to be, and will he be at all!? Povetkin now is 25(17 KO)-0, Hasim Rahman 50(41 KO)-8(6 KO)-2.

A little more exiting was the fight for the European title. The Bulgarian champion Kubrat Pulev, 31, without an extra-tension defends his belt. In 10 rounds throwing and landing a hundreds of jabs, Kubrat made former kickboxing champion, 6'7 feet tall and 305-in-a-half pound heavy, Alexander Ustinov, 35, of Belorus, to prove once more, that the big body is not a guarantee of a big heart! In the 11-th, with no punches recieved, Ustinov goes down to the knees and shaking the head shows that he doesn't want anymore. Pulev now is 17(9 KO)-0, Ustinov 27(21 KO)-1(1 KO). And, be honest, Kubrat Pulev looks like very respectable opponent for any of today's heavyweight champions.

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