Joshua knows Povetkin is a real threat | Top Media Nigeria
Boxing – Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker – World Heavyweight Title Unification Fight – Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Britain – March 31, 2018 Anthony Joshua celebrates with the belts after winning the fight Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

British boxer of Nigerian descent, Anthony Joshua has retained his WBA, (Super) IBF, WBO and IBO belts after knocking out challenger, Alexander Povetkin in the seventh round at Wembley on Saturday.

A fierce right hander stunned Russian, Povetkin. And then Joshua goes in for the kill, unleashing a volley of shots.

Povetkin goes down on the canvas, tries to get back up but Joshua lands a killer blow.

After two slower opening rounds, Joshua found his range in the fight.

And it was a series of accurate combinations which did it in the seventh round, first with an overhand right and then some big lefts.

The triumph makes it 22 professional wins unbeaten. And it was the first time Povetkin has been stopped in his career.

“I got my knockout streak back” – Joshua

Speaking after his latest success, Joshua says:

“Povetkin is a very tough challenger, he proved that tonight with good left hooks and counter punches.

“I came in here to have fun, and give it my best. I knew he was strong to the head but weak to the body. I was just mixing it up.

“It could have been seven, maybe nine, maybe 12 rounds to get him out of there. But the ultimate aim was to be victorious

“I got my knockout streak back.”

Next up. Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder?

“Tonight is out of the way, let’s figure out what is happening on April 13.

“I’m not too bothered, good luck to both of them but let’s see who comes out on top and hopefully we’ll have a good dust-up on April 13.”

Was ‘AJ’ hampered by being unwell tonight?

Povetkin, 39 seriously ruffled the champion. Joshua, 28 looked hurt and even weak at times during the opening rounds, but after the fight he offered TalkSport a reason.

“I have always said to myself, Povetkin has been a gold medallist, he fought for the world title when I turned pro and he has stayed at the top of his game since then. You have to give him credit. If that was in tennis, football, basketball you’d say this was a serious challenger.

“We’re against serious competitors for this championship belt. I’ve got to keep my feet firmly on the ground. They’re not only going to be great fights but very tough. I’ve suffered with a flu. This camp has been difficult. I knew I just had to stay in there.”

 

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