Anthony Joshua KOs Alexander Povetkin in thriller to retain world heavyweight titles

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 24, 2018

Joshua retained his IBF, WBA and WBO titles on Saturday with a seventh-round stoppage win over Alexander Povetkin, stretching his unbeaten record as a pro to 22-0.

"Even if he lost, I'd still fight him", Joshua said on YouTube channel iFL TV.

"Everybody is sensible enough to make sure that big fights happen and I don't believe anybody will stop that fight from happening". Way too slow and ponderous.

"The energy in here spurs you on and I do feel that pressure".

"I've got my knockout streak back and I found my right hand again", Joshua said. That's a good fight for both of them. There's no mention of Tyson Fury, the lineal heavyweight champion of the world.

With Joshua now starting to pile up the rounds with the home-field advantage on the judges' scorecards (58-56×2, 59-55), a decision win was unlikely beyond the 39-year-old.

"That is the biggest fight in boxing; Wilder-Fury is a really good fight to see who's the second best heavyweight in the world".

Povetkin got up but was sensibly stopped as Joshua pummeled him with punches in front of a crowd of close to 80,0000 at Wembley Stadium.

"These guys the last thing they lose is their power, but it was a good way to wake up", Joshua said.

Alexander Povetkin is very tough challenger and he proved that tonight but I came in here to have fun, do what I've been working on in the gym and I did that. If I was you Joshua I'd avoid me because I would jab your face off, you bum.

Hearn may well have his work cut out selling a Whyte Pay-Per-View if Joshua doesn't manage to seal a fight with Wilder or Fury next. Since then, criticism has largely been equal to the praise Joshua has received, including a breakthrough 2017 knockout of Klitschko in which Joshua was forced to overcome both a knockdown and stamina dump that almost cost him the fight. "If he changes his mind in the future, he knows where we are".

Warren insisted former champion Fury would demand a 50-50 split of the purse for a fight with Joshua.

Povetkin remained risky with his left hook and overhand right, but Joshua increasingly gained control through his jab and in the sixth landed a short right hand from close range that the Russian did well to shrug off.

Joshua's victory tees up a potential super showdown with Deontay Wilder next year. Meanwhile Joshua's team is reportedly still keen on arranging a bout between him and the American.

Fury's promoter Frank Warren refused to confirm whether there was a rematch clause in the contract with Wilder, with Hearn, whose son Eddie promotes Joshua, consequently saying: "There has to be a rematch clause".

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