Joshua Retains Titles by 7th Round Stoppage over Povetkin

By David Martinez /

Last Saturday night in front of 80,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium, WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-0 / 21 by KO) scored a seventh round knockout over former champion Alexander Povetkin (34-2 / 24 by KO).

Povetkin started off by winning rounds one and two, with Joshua apparently sustaining a broken nose.

However, the rounds wore on the 39 year old Povetkin started to show his age.

The beginning of the end came in round seven when Joshua connected with a huge left hook, followed by a big right hand which dropped Povetkin.  He managed to gather and get to his feet, when Joshua ended it with a brutal right hand that dropped Povetkin for a second time.  The fight was stopped at 1:59 of the 7th round.

Joshua now seems poised to take on the winner of the  December 1, 2018 title fight between WBC heavyweight champion Deonty Wilder (40-0 / 39 by KO)  and Tyson Fury (27-0 / 19 by KO) for a unification of the heavyweight title.

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