Anthony Joshua overcomes 'tough challenger' Alexander Povetkin

Lawrence Kim
September 24, 2018

By the seventh round Joshua was on top and hit Povetkin with a huge trademark right that sent the Russian reeling backwards and Joshua pounced on him to send him down to the canvas.

AJ put on one hell of a performance on Saturday night to retain his WBA Super, IBF and WBO titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium.

Joshua will return to Wembley on April 13 for his next match and he does not yet have an opponent.

By becoming only the second man to defeat Povetkin - and the first to do so inside the distance - Joshua dismissed questions of his power that came as he went the distance for the first time against Parker and required until the 11th round to stop Carlos Takam before then. Never. They mentioned if it's not [Deontay] Wilder it'll be [Dillian] Whyte, there's no mention of Tyson Fury, the lineal heavyweight champion of the world.

Talks between the Joshua and Wilder camps have stalled and Hearn is anxious a fight that will be worth far more than the "peanuts" of an initially offered $50 million could be derailed.

Victory saw Joshua, the London 2012 Olympic champion, extend his unbeaten professional record to 22 wins from 22 fights, with 21 knockouts.

However, a calm Joshua responded during a post-fight press conference to say: "I'll fight Fury if he's ready, but, as I've said, he's not". No-one wants to wait until December because it takes a long time to negotiate with Wilder's people. It will look like absolute peanuts when this fight gets made. Tonight is pure evidence that I'm going to be fighting the best heavyweight out there in Deontay Wilder.

"It's the biggest British fight in history of boxing in [Britain], but Sky and Matchroom [Sport] have robbed the paying public again".

"These aren't negotiations that will take 24 hours, and Joshua's career is not being slowed down".

Turning 29 next month, Joshua is right in his prime and it would be a travesty if he and Wilder, undefeated in 40 fights, can not come to an agreement in the near future.

That brought an expletive-laden tweet from Fury, suggesting Joshua was doing everything he could to avoid a fight with the 30-year-old.

Joshua added: "Good luck to them both (Wilder and Fury) - boxing needs it". I'll always knock them down one by one, but people have to be patient. I will start training for a fight in early January. Whichever heavyweight is serious, get on the phone to [promoter] Eddie [Hearn] and make a deal.

"13 April is what I'm really interested in".

Povetkin, speaking through a translator, acknowledged Joshua's gesture and welcomed the champion to his homeland "Anytime". But he insisted the 39-year-old Russian had not broken his nose.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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