For six rounds of Anthony Joshua’s sixth title defence there were murmurs that perhaps AJ was staring down the barrel for the first time in his career. Round two saw the British Heavyweight’s nose leak with blood as Povetkin continued to make his mark.
The Russian consistently got through the Joshua defence with impressive speed and power for someone 11 years his senior, but as the fight wore older AJ used his “instinct” to close the contest. A right hand on the unguarded Povetkin chin triggered a brutal conclusion, leaving the Russian in a heap, stopped for the first time in his illustrious career.
Speaking in the ring after the fight, Joshua put the question on everyone’s lips to the 75,000 strong Wembley crowd; “Who do we want to fight here on 13 April?” The answer was unanimous. “Wilder!” they roared back.
Saturday evening also saw Tyson Fury set a date for his much awaited clash with Deontay Wilder. Fury confirmed December 1st in Las Vegas as the time and place for their highly anticipated WBC heavyweight world title contest.
In other Boxing news, Paragon are set to announce an incredibly exciting Boxing experience in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.
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