"I knew he was strong to the head but weak to the body". If I was you Joshua I'd avoid me because I would jab your face off, you bum. Britain's Anthony Joshua retained his International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight titles with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at London's Wembley Stadium on September 22, 2018.
Negotiations broke down, however, and before Joshua's bout on Saturday, American Wilder announced a fight with Britain's Tyson Fury in the United States on December 1.
"But good luck to both of them and may the champion bring himself to the United Kingdom, let's have a good dust-up". "My No. 1 would be Wilder". Joshua has expressed interest in fighting the victor of that bout in April.
Joshua said on Thursday he expected Povetkin to be his toughest fight since Ukrainian giant Wladimir Klitschko. There's no mandatory challengers. But the sport is about what the fans want. "Tonight was about getting that big banana skin of Alexander Povetkin out the way". In terms of April, if we want the fight to happen then, Wilder must win.
And the WBA mandatory challenger showed just how unsafe he could be by stiffening Joshua's legs with a right uppercut to the jaw followed by a left hook toward the end of the first round.
Not only did he keep his composure after almost having his nose broken in the opening around against Takam, Joshua avoided getting rattled after blood began to pour from it in the opening round on Saturday against Povetkin.
'Povetkin was going to be sharp early, but AJ between 5 and 7 rounds.
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Povetkin again rocked Joshua with a short left hook in the third round, after he had landed a big overhand right, and the champion looked nervous.
Joshua, 28, had a significant height and reach advantage of several inches over Povetkin.
Joshua likely doesn't get the credit he deserves as a boxer with a smart IQ and DAZN announcer Sergio Mora spent much of the Povetkin fight commenting how Joshua's fluid combinations resemble more of a middleweight than anything heavyweight has recently seen.
In the fourth, a cut to the Russian's left eye after taking a good right hand seemed to reflect his increasingly ragged approach, as he swung wildly without setting up the shots.
But Povetkin could do nothing to repel the punches that rained down on him in the deciding seventh round.
"He proved that with good left hooks, counter punches". Povetkin fell through the ropes as he courageously got to his feet and only just beat the count. "It could be one of the biggest fights in all time".