Anthony Joshua knocks out Alexander Povetkin to retain titles

Rosalie Gross
September 23, 2018

But Joshua gained some composure after some worrying moments in the early rounds, and when Povetkin was shook by a right hand, it began an avalanche of big punches from the champion.

He finally ended the fight in the seventh round following the punch that stopped the 39-year-old and was announced victor after the opponent failed to get up.

"I've got my knockout streak back and I found my right hand again", Joshua said. Joshua has expressed interest in fighting the victor of that bout in April.

"I knew he was strong to the head but weak to the body".

"April 13 is booked so whichever one wants to step up and take the challenge I'm more than willing to fight them".

In an era of social media changing the way athletes connect with fans, both Wilder and Fury (who will square off December 1 on pay-per-view) are among the most captivating communicators in all of sports.

Joshua, full of confidence after his devastating seventh round stoppage of the fierce-hitting veteran Russian which took him to 22 fights unbeaten, said Wilder was still his preferred choice.

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"My number one would be Wilder", said Joshua, whose promoter Eddie Hearn has already booked Wembley for April 13, when asked about his next opponent.

"Joshua is not even close".

But Joshua, who had a 4-inch height advantage and weighed in almost two stones heavier (246 pounds to Povetkin's 222), made better use of his jab later in the third round. "We've both done a lot of talking and I'm here now", said Joshua.

Klitschko was the only man to have previously inflicted a blemish on Povetkin's now 36-fight record, with a points win back in 2013.

Joshua was not overly troubled by the combination, but it was the best attack of an entertaining first round and left the champion's nose streaming blood.

Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs), 39, was impressively aggressive and consistently risky with left hooks and overhand rights. "The champion needs to get themselves over here to the United Kingdom and we'll have a good dust-up". It will be either the winner of the all-British clash between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora or the Wilder-Fury victor.

And come the fourth round, Povetkin had a significant cut above the left eye.

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