Anthony Joshua defeated Alexander Povetkin by TKO in the seventh round at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday.
At this level, its never going to be easy,” said Joshua during his post-fight interview. “Povetkin is a tough challenger, for sure, but I knew how to break him down.
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In front of a crowd of more than 80,000 people, Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) erased some early-round adversity with a devastating left hook and right hand to the head that dropped his opponent. Though Povetkin beat the count and was briefly able to continue, Joshua quickly pushed ahead with a barrage of shots that led to referee Steve Gray stopping the fight as Povetkin sailed to the canvas a second time.
With the win, Joshua retained the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles and immediately let it be known who he wants next, and when.
My No. 1 Opponent for April Would Be Wilder. If Wilder is not serious, theres other people out there. When theyre ready were ready Ill fight Fury if hes ready, Joshua said
Tonight was the second loss of Povetkins (34-2, 24 KOs) career and the first via stoppage, although he challenged the young Joshua and forced him to work. Joshua remains undefeated and the pride of the entire United Kingdom. And when Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing inked a multi-million dollar deal with DAZN, a new subscription service, he made this heavyweight bout the first ever on the network.
Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin Full Fight Highlights *KNOCKOUTS* Joshua came through an exciting defence of his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles by stopping Alexander Povetkin in seven rounds on Saturday night at the national stadium, and attention immediately turned to his return on April 13 when he hopes to lure Wilder.
When you look at the resume of Anthony Joshua, hes quite incredible,” said Hearn. “Im Incredibly proud of this man for a performance that had so much pressure on to get the victory today. I want Deontay Wilder because that is the biggest fight in world boxing It would be the biggest fight in all-time British boxing history.
With a combination of industry veterans like “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Brian Kenny, Michael Buffer and more, DAZN mixed up its fight coverage with desk and live commentary, along with unique backstage access and lifestyle pieces.
SUBSCRIBE http://bit.ly/SSBoxingSub Speaking after his 7th round victory over Alexander Povetkin, Anthony Joshua has said his number 1 choice for his next fight is Deontay Wilder. What did you make of the fight? Who should AJ face next? Comment below. TWITTER: https://twitter.com/skysportsboxing FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/skysportsboxing WEBSITE: http://www.skysports.com/boxing
With Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury now inked for December 1st , Joshua and the heavyweight division is getting back to its proper status as the world’s marquee for pugilistic excellence.