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Posted: Saturday September 29, 2012 7:28PM ; Updated: Saturday September 29, 2012 7:28PM

Povetkin stops Rahman to keep WBA belt

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Alexander Povetkin (right) defeated Hasim Rahman with a second-round technical knockout.
Alexander Povetkin (right) defeated Hasim Rahman with a second-round technical knockout.
Gero Breloer/AP

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) -- Undefeated Alexander Povetkin of Russia retained his WBA heavyweight title, stopping American challenger Hasim Rahman in the second round Saturday night.

Referee Gustavo Padilla stopped it 1:36 into the round, with Povetkin able to pick his shots at will against the 39-year-old former WBC, IBF and IBO champion.

The 33-year-old Povetkin improved to 25-0 with his 17th knockout. Rahman dropped to 50-8-2 after his first bout since June 2011.

The fight was Povetkin's third defense of the WBA belt he earned by outpointing Ruslan Chagaev in August 2011 for the then-vacant title.

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