Today, Nigerian-British and current World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua has retained his title by defeating Alexander Povetkin in round 7 during their match in Wembley.
The fight is remarkable as it is the first time Povetkin will be stopped in his career. Alexander Vladimirovich “Sasha” Povetkin is a Russian professional boxer. He held the WBA heavyweight title from 2011 to 2013.
Joshua initially started slowly but later found his bearing. And in the 7th round, with combination of series of accurate punches, he eventually knocked out his opponent – Povetkin.
With the win, Joshua keeps hold of the WBA, (Super) IBF, WBO and IBO belts, with a total of 22 professional wins unbeaten .
After the match, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn says: “Joshua is the one stepping up fighting these great fighters. He’s not an Instagram champion, he’s a real world champion. Our focus is on AJ being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
“He’ll keep delivering, he’s a special talent, he’s a role model, onwards and upwards. Povetkin is a world-class boxer”.
On the part of Anthony Joshua, he was magnanimous in victory as he thanked everybody, for their support, including his opponent – team Povetkin.
Joshua said he was in the match to have fun and that he gave the match his best. Furthermore, he acknowledged that “Povetkin was a tough challenger”.
“Povetkin is a very tough challenger, he proved that tonight with good left hooks and counter punches. I came in here to have fun, and give it my best, I knew he was strong to the head but weak to the body.
“I was just mixing it up. It could have been seven, maybe nine, maybe 12 rounds to get him out of there. But the ultimate aim was to be victorious. I got my knockout streak back”, says Joshua at the end of the match.