Joshua Stops Povetkin in Seven

Joshua, despite being heavily favored to win (1-10 odds with some British bookmakers), struggled in the early rounds. Povetkin stunned Joshua with a three-punch combination from Povetkin in the first round. This proved be Joshua’s toughest opponent since his epic battle with Wladimir Klitschko from seventeen months ago.

Anthony Joshua in 2017 (Photo by Jumeirah [CC BY 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Anthony Joshua in 2017 (Photo by Jumeirah [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Defending three heavyweight titles ( WBA, IBF, and WBO), Anthony Joshua stopped Alexander Povetkin in the seventh round at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night in front of approximately 80,000 fans.

The referee stopped the fight after Joshua sent the 39 year old Russian to the canvas with a big right about halfway through the round. The Briton, who was believed to have sustained a broken nose from the second round, was unloading a flurry of punches just before the referee declared the contest over.

Joshua, despite being heavily favored to win (1-10 odds with some British bookmakers), struggled in the early rounds. Povetkin stunned Joshua with a three-punch combination from Povetkin in the first round. This proved be Joshua’s toughest opponent since his epic battle with Wladimir Klitschko from seventeen months ago.

However, things began to go south for Povetkin in the fourth round when he sustained a bad cut over his left eye. Povetkin slowed down at that point and never regained his earlier dominance.

In the critical seventh round, Povetkin beat the count, but was totally dominated by Joshua when the referee made the decision to end the fight. It was the first time in Povetkin’s career that he did not go the distance. It was also his first shot at a boxing title since testing positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2016.

As a result of this win, Joshua’s record now stands at 22-0.

He’s expected to return to Wembley on Saturday, April 13, 2019 to face either current WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder or former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. The opponent will be the winner of a previously announced fight on Saturday, December 1st, in Las Vegas.

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