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Anthony Joshua defeats Alexander Povetkin

Last updated: September 23, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Critics of Anthony Joshua predicted the toughest fight of his life against opponent Alexander Povetkin on Saturday in front of a packed Wembley Stadium. The rough Russian had only tasted defeat once in his career and had never been knocked down.

Anthony Joshua with his belts

After seven rounds of action, the critics had Anthony Joshua’s response, as the 39-year-old challenger was laid out on the canvas after a brutal onslaught by the British number one. Joshua fought an entertaining fight but also showed frailties in his game plan. There is always a suspicion of vulnerability about Joshua, something that makes his fights so exciting.

Joshua’s opponent started the fight brightly and in the early stages it was the Russian veteran that was dictating the pace. Povetkin’s punches packed power and a few of his punches were a fraction away from connecting. His defensive work was also excellent, frustrating the younger man with his movement as Joshua struggled to land.

The first three rounds were perhaps the worst that AJ has ever experienced in his career as the WBA heavyweight champion from 2011 to 2013 used every ounce of his lifelong experience in boxing, a career that started when Joshua was a toddler.

Povetkin took first blood in the battle to land the first meaningful punches, a three-punch combination landed on Joshua that led to the Briton’s legs buckling, all but briefly. The damage of the punches was evident though with the 28-year-old’s nose pouring blood.

The fourth round was a pivotal one for Joshua. The defending champion hit a sweet uppercut which damaged Povetkin’s left eye. It was a punch that visibly lifted the fighter and as the fight wore on, Povetkin became more inaccurate with his punches, allowing Joshua a degree of control.

In the 7th round it was all over. Joshua connected with a great combination and a savage thunderous right hand straight to the jaw of the Russian who fell to the floor. The match looked sealed but the 38-year old managed to beat the count and get on his feet. A brave decision but it came as no surprise when Joshua made short work of Povetkin in the remaining seconds and the referee looked on the verge of stopping the fight as Povetkin fell to the floor for the second time.

Joshua and Povetkin mid-fight

Joshua shows he is human

Joshua has clearly attained demi-god status with his legions of adoring fans and that love will only be increased after this display. In this fight he showed that he is human, breakable and not perfect but it is these qualities that make him so likeable. A young down to earth lad who still lives with his Mum in a 2-bedroomed house.

Joshua shows at times that he still is a work in progress, but his impressive record speaks for itself. He is undefeated in 22 fights and has won all of them bar one by means of knockout. He holds the IBF (International Boxing Federation), the WBA (World Boxing Association) and the WBO (World Boxing Organisation) titles. The only belt missing is Deontay Wilder’s WBC (World Boxing Council) belt.

Joshua will be hoping to unite the four belts next year as Wilder is putting his WBC title on the line with a fight against Tyson Fury in December. With Joshua wanting a fight in April next year, we could well see a unification fight between Joshua with either Wilder or Fury. Either fight will be the biggest heavyweight fight since Wladimir Klitschko retired from the sport.