Wembley Stadium, London – Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) secured a seventh round knockout over Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs) to retain the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles.
Joshua is coming back from a unification win over Joseph Parker, back in March at Principality Stadium in Cardiff. It was the first bout where Joshua went the twelve round distance.
On that very same card, Povetkin scored a brutal fifth round knockout over Olympic bronze medal winner David Price.
The first round was more of a feeling out session, with Joshua landing the few meaningful shots in the early going, but Povetkin landed a big three punch combination at the end that buckled the legs of Joshua
Joshua, with a bloody nose, came out with a lot of pressure in the second round and they were both picking their shots well. At the start of the third, Povetkin landed a hard combinations of punches. Povetkin was getting inside and landing sharp punches. They traded some punches early in the fourth, and a good counter opened up a cut above the left eye of Povetkin, who closed out the round with better work.
Joshua was mostly jabbing to the body in the fifth, with Povetkin throwing and landing the bigger punches. Joshua was boxing better in the sixth, throwing a solid combination to push Povetkin back. Povetkin came back with a series of punches. And then Joshua fired back with some hard shots of his own.
In the seventh, Joshua landed a huge combination of punches to get Povetkin in trouble and send him crashing down to the mat. Povetkin got up but Joshua unleashed with another big series of shots to secure the stoppage as the referee and Povetkin’s corner stepped in.