The Nigerian born British boxer, Anthony Joshua demolishes Alexander Povetkin to keep his world heavyweight title. The unified heavyweight world champion retained his four belts after a grueling seven-round mandatory title defence against veteran Russian.
The British star dropped Povetkin with a brutal assault in the seventh round and then floored the WBA mandatory challenger again to signal a sudden and dramatic ending to his title defence.
Over 80,000 boxing fans packed into the home of English football to watch Britain’s golden champion in action, and AJ was given an earth shattering welcome into the ring.
Flanked by his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO titles, Joshua climbed through the ropes and looked to immediately impose himself on the smaller man with a crunching left hook and glancing uppercut in the opening exchanges.
But Povetkin responded with an uppercut and hook of his own that momentarily rocked the Brit. AJ went to his jab in the second, but at several points was in danger of being clipped by Povetkin who was swinging big and hard up close
Joshua was content to give Povetkin the centre of the ring, and looked to counter rather than apply pressure himself. But blood was seeping from Joshua’s nose, as Povetkin happily accepted the champion’s invitation to attack first.
Rounds four and five followed a similar pattern of Povetkin on the hunt, and Joshua having to eat some painful shots.
Joshua landed two shots in the sixth in quick succession, which had the crowd excited, but was forced to dodge more dangerous uppercuts from Povetkin just before the bell.
But just as the crowd were fearing un upset, Joshua’s patience paid off as he came to life in the seventh, flooring Povetkin after connecting with a right hook, and several follow ups to the head.
Povetkin climbed off the canvas, but was put down for good moments later when the referee rushed in to save the Russian as AJ delivered a final right to his challenger’s temple.
‘Povetkin is a very tough challenger and he proved it tonight. I realised he was strong to the head but weak to the body,’ said Joshua afterward.
Let’s see whats happening on April 13. Let’s ask the question, I have no mandatories. ‘The sport is about what the fans want, let’s put a poll out on Twitter and see who fans want me to take on.
‘I got my knockout streak back, I found my right hand again. ‘There’s a lot of pressure, the country is rooting for us all and boxing. The energy in here spurs you on and I do feel that pressure.’