Dillian Whyte prepared to face Anthony Joshua at Wembley

23 September, 2018, 06:37 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • Joshua weighs in 11 kilograms heavier than Povetkin

World Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua maintains his impressive win record after knocking out Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin to retain WBA, IBF & WBO titles at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Fighting in his hometown with almost 85,000 noisy compatriots, Joshua got his nose bleeding after being hit by an overhand right in the opening round. Anthony recovers back in the middle frames. Joshua, an overwhelming better favorite, was rocked in the opening round and overcame a bloody nose to figure out Povetkin's awkward timing and stop the hungry, tricky veteran.

By the seventh round, Anthony wrecked Povetkin with a left hook followed by a right hand that dropped the Russian heavyweight on the ground.

"It's alright fighting men who are 39 years old, half your size".

Anthony Joshua put all the marbles on the line against the unsafe Alexander Povetkin at Wembley.

"I'm a physical, strong guy".

Yet Joshua has quietly grown from each performance in ways that may not have been fully realized until Saturday when he held off Povetkin's attacking style by boxing from distance and used quick combinations in close to work his way out of trouble.

"Without that Klitschko fight - I wasn't as prepared as I am now".

"It would certainly be the biggest fight in British boxing, we know that because we just had the biggest fight in British boxing with the (Wladimir) Klitschko fight (April 2017)".

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.

Joshua tipped the scales at 17st 8lbs 5oz at yesterday's weigh-in, with Povetkin nearly two stone lighter at 15st 12lbs.

"May the champion bring himself here and have a good old fashioned dust-up".

28, is due to make a seventh title defense back at the same London venue on April 13 and wants a deal made with Wilder before the American has his next fight. "I have got to be on my A game", he said.

Whyte, who was among an estimated 80,000 crowd at Wembley, said of Joshua's latest victory: "He was patient and took his time, he was jabbing to the body and then brought the right into play which caught Povetkin by surprise".

And come the fourth round, Povetkin had a significant cut above the left eye.

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


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