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Joshua overpowers Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles

23 September 2018

Undefeated heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua delivered some fireworks early on (Sat., Sept. 22, 2018) live on DAZN from inside the Wembley Stadium in London, England, when he finished Russian veteran Alexander Povetkin with a series of powerful punches to earn a seventh-round TKO win to retain his world heavyweight titles. Povetkin got back up, but the damage was done and the referee was forced to call a halt to the action.

Povetkin, who in 2016 was given an indefinite ban from boxing after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium that was later cut to a year, had insisted in the build-up he was a far stronger fighter than the one beaten by Klitschko. Anthony recovers back in the middle frames.

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"Povetkin is a very tough challenger and he proved it tonight", Joshua told Sky Sports.

"A fight with Deontay Wilder would be the biggest fight in world boxing", he said.

The loss was just the second of 39-year-old Povetkin's 36-fight career - his only other defeat was to Wladimir Klitschko, who Joshua scored a TKO win over last year to claim three of his four world titles.

If boxing fans could have their way, Joshua's unification fight with Wilder would've already happened late a year ago or at worst in the first half of 2018.

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

Joshua began dictating with his movement from the fourth round and started to find his range with his right hook.

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Joshua, 28, had a significant height and reach advantage of several inches over Povetkin.

"Without that Klitschko fight - I wasn't as prepared as I am now".

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.

"But good luck to both of them and may the champion bring himself to the United Kingdom, let's have a good dust-up".

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're not willing to wait until December", Hearn said. But the extended build has allowed both to grow and may end up making the expected April 13 date (regardless of whether Joshua faces Wilder or Fury) an even better classic than had it taken place earlier.

"All I want to fight is serious challengers". It will be either the winner of the all-British clash between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora or the Wilder-Fury victor.

"Hopefully, it's me next, I'm here and ready to fight".

Joshua overpowers Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles