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,”
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.