Povetkin scores stoppage win over Wach to set up Deontay Wilder fight
Former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) halted Mariusz Wach (31-2, 17 KOs) in the 12th round on Wednesday night at the Basket Hall Arena in Kazan, Russia.
Povetkin dominated the action from the first bell and connected with hard shots in the second and third rounds.
Wach did have some success, landing a overhand right towards the end of the fourth round which cut Povetkin above his left eye, but the Russian remained in command and took the fight to his Polish opponent as the rounds wore on.
Wach suffered a deep cut below his left eye, causing the referee to step in to end what had become a one-sided contest in the 12th round on the advice of the ring doctor.
Povetkin was defending his WBC silver heavyweight title and will likely fight American Deontay Wilder for the world title in April or May.
Also on the card, WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (28-1, 21 KOs) scored an 8th round stoppage over Nigerian challenger Lateef Kayode (21-1, 16 KOs).
The Russian pressed forward from the start and dropped Kayode in the 7th , then twice in the 8th before the referee waved it off after Kayode was taking punishment on the ropes.
Russia's Edward Trojanowski (23-0, 20 KOs) dethroned IBF light welterweight champion Cesar Cuenca (48-1, 2 KOs) by a bizarre 6th round stoppage.
Troyanovsky was utilizing his superior reach and landing the harder punches before both fighters got tangled up and tumbled to the canvas in the 6th.
The Argentinian appeared reluctant to continue, so the referee stopped the fight.
Cuenca was attempting to equal Floyd Mayweather Jr and Rocky Marciano at 49-0.
British cruiserweight Ola Afolabi (22-4-4, 11 KOs) stopped Rakhim Chakhkiev (23-2, 18 KOs) in the fifth round.
The Russian piled on the punches early, but Afolabi rallied from a nasty cut above his left eye to knock out Chakhkiev with a right-left combination.