Anthony Joshua knocks out Alexander Povetkin

Nigeria Born Britain’s Anthony Joshua ­defeat Alexander Povetkin in a dramatic seventh round to retained his world heavyweight titles Twenty-two fights, 22 victories.

Victory saw Joshua extend his unbeaten professional record to 22 wins from 22 fights, with 21 knockouts in front of a raucous home crowd—This fight saw Joshua returning to the scene of arguably his greatest triumph, an 11th-round stoppage of former champion Wladimir Klitschko last year.

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

Sticking to a plan of breaking down the Russian with shots to his body but there was real concern in his camp. “I was just thinking, please don’t slip up now,”

The right hand that changed the fight. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)Source:AFP

Britain’s Anthony Joshua (R) celebrates as the referee tends to Russia’s Alexander Povetkin (L) 

I realised he was strong to the head but weak to the body. “I got my knockout streak back, I found my right hand again.”

But Joshua seized on the tiniest of openings in the seventh round to stun Povetkin with a straight right, before unleashing a series of furious punches to put him on the canvas.

Povetkin made it back to his feet after almost falling head-first out of the ring but it was only a matter of seconds before he was down again and the referee waved the fight over. It was the first time the Russian had been stopped in his 36-fight career.

This fight saw Joshua returning to the scene of arguably his greatest triumph, an 11th-round stoppage of former champion Wladimir Klitschko last year.

Klitschko was the only man to have previously inflicted a blemish on Povetkin’s now 36-fight record, with a points win back in 2013.

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