Joshua finds emphatic answer to Povetkin challenge

Tyson Fury is confronted by rival boxer Deontay Wilder after defeating Francesco Pianeta in a heavyweight contest

"I'm a physical, strong guy, who knows how to box", said Povetkin.

Takam had been the favourite against Dereck Chisora in July but lost via a shock stoppage that suggested the punishment he absorbed from Joshua had ensured his decline, and on that same evening Parker unexpectedly lost to Dillian Whyte, ending his options at world level.

Joshua was speaking in the ring following his knockout victory against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night and said that he didn't want to talk about anyone other than WBC champion Wilder. "Every jab takes a breath out of you and I slowed him down".

Joshua said he also respects Povetkin's heart and speed, with the only blemish on the Russian's 35-fight record a 2013 points defeat by Klitschko.

Anthony Joshua is back at Wembley Stadium and this time he has another major belt in his possession.

Promoters Haymon Boxing said in a statement reported by USA media that Wilder and Fury would meet at a venue to be determined.

Tyson Fury and Francesco Pianeta during their 10-round heavyweight contest in Belfast Northern Ireland
GETTY IMAGES Tyson Fury and Francesco Pianeta during their 10-round heavyweight contest in Belfast Northern Ireland

Joshua, 28, had a significant height and reach advantage of several inches over Povetkin. Joshua landed a few good uppercuts and left hooks and likely took the round with his accurate punching.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory over Alexander Povetkin during the IBF, WBA Super, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship title fight between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on September 22, 2018 in London, England.

Povetkin remained risky with his left hook and overhand right, but Joshua increasingly gained control through his jab and in the sixth landed a short right hand from close range that the Russian did well to shrug off.

Then come the seventh round he unleashed a flurry of punches to send Povetkin down. After sending the Russian to the canvas with a left-right combination after hurting him with a big right hand, the referee Steve Gray intervened to rescue Povetkin once he was back on his feet and unable to defend himself from another hurtful barrage of punches.

"Well, s-- just got serious". The fight will show everything.




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