Anthony Joshua retained his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles with a seventh-round finish of game Russian challenger Alexander Povetkin. Despite managing to stop his opponent, Joshua started the fight slowly and lost the first couple of rounds. Joshua began picking up steam in the third and fourth rounds and used his significant reach advantage to consistently land shots on his undersized opponent.
By the seventh round, Povetkin was being soundly beaten, and a final flurry from Joshua left the Russian crumpled on the canvas and unquestionably ended the contest. In a photo since released on his Instagram, Povetkin showed the bruised aftermath of a beating from the world’s best heavyweight boxer. Despite such a conclusive finish to the fight, many fans of the American heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder have taken to social media to point out a flaw in Joshua’s game that they think The Bronze Bomber will be able to exploit.
Watch the video below and see if you agree with their assessment of AJ’s skills. The defense marks the Brits 6th world title defense and has seen him move into the top ten of the pound for pound rankings by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. However, even more anticipated than Joshua’s most recent defense is a fight taking place across the Atlantic in December.
Disgraced former World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury returns to top-level competition to face the only man other than Joshua to currently hold a full-heavyweight world title, Deontay Wilder. The winner of that fight is slated to face Joshua in a unification fight set to take place in May of 2019. Joshua meanwhile has taken the chance to mock Fury on Twitter. After AJ’s win on Saturday, he posted a screenshot showing that The Gypsy King had blocked him on the social media platform with a Joker inspired caption.
Why so serious 🤡😘 pic.twitter.com/NvN8F50uoJ
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) September 23, 2018
Regardless of how the results of the upcoming fights go, one thing is for sure. Heavyweight boxing is in its healthiest state for a number of years with several genuine contenders all vying for the title of baddest man on the planet. CHECK OUT THE FOOTAGE ON THE PLAYER BELOW: