Joshua overpowers Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles

Joshua overpowers Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles

But Joshua gained some composure after some worrying moments in the early rounds, and when Povetkin was shook by a right hand, it began an avalanche of big punches from the champion. Povetkin got back up, but the damage was done and the referee was forced to call a halt to the action.

This fight saw Joshua returning to the scene of arguably his greatest triumph, an 11th-round stoppage of former champion Wladimir Klitschko previous year.

"I'm a physical, strong guy".

In a post-fight interview in the ring, Joshua initially suggested his fans should decide his next opponent, before acknowledging there is one man he wants most of all.

"We don't rule out a fight in America at some point, we know about the money over there. but I do believe we're only scratching the surface about how big Joshua v Wilder could be".

With this performance, Joshua once again proved to be the best heavyweight on the planet and extends his unbeaten streak to 22 fights.

Anthony Joshua stated his eagerness to fight Deontay Wilder at Wembley next April after overcoming a major scare at the London venue to emphatically defeat Alexander Povetkin.

"We're not willing to wait until December", Hearn said.

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'Hopefully, it's me next, I'm here and ready to fight'.

Joshua first wobbled Povetkin with a right hand, followed by a left before the telling left hook and right hand sent the challenger crashing to the canvas.

Not only did he keep his composure after almost having his nose broken in the opening around against Takam, Joshua avoided getting rattled after blood began to pour from it in the opening round on Saturday against Povetkin.

"Let's figure out what's happening on April 13", Joshua said.

"But good luck to both of them and may the champion bring himself to the United Kingdom, let's have a good dust-up".

"We will go away now and try and make a fight with Wilder", Hearn said.

"If I had a pecking order it would be Wilder, Dillian (Whyte) and then Fury", Joshua told taskSPORT.

Friday's weigh-in also confirmed a significant size difference, with Joshua tipping the scales at 17 stone 8 pounds (111.5 kilogrammes) compared to Povetkin's 15st 12lbs.

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