He will never fight me! Fury hits out at 'ponderous' Joshua

Joshua finds emphatic answer to Povetkin challenge

The WBA-IBF-WBO world heavyweight champion floored Alexander Povetkin in the seventh round before following up to force the stoppage at Wembley Stadium. Unlike Carlos Takam and Parker - Joshua's last two opponents - Povetkin was here to win.

Joshua maintained his unbeaten record and now has 22 wins from 22 professional fights, with 21 by knockout.

'[Laughs] why am I a s***house though?' Joshua told iFL TV. I realized he was strong to the head but weak to the body so I was switching it up.

Once Povetkin slowed down, Joshua displayed the ruthless streak he has built his career on, flooring his opponent with a vicious right hand that would have been felt all the way in Moscow.

But what we do have at the moment is an exciting group of personalities and, in the cases of Joshua and Wilder, murderous punchers who have already done well to reignite the dormant division (and arguably the sport) over the past year simply by talking a great game and backing it up with entertaining fights as they inch closer to facing one another.

Joshua had spoken in the week of feeling "tons of pressure" to perform and the confirmation of the December 1 date for the higher-profile fight between Wilder and Fury will not have helped, but if he felt that pressure in the ring it did not show.

Joshua, 28, had a significant height and reach advantage of several inches over Povetkin.

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Joshua likely doesn't get the credit he deserves as a boxer with a smart IQ and DAZN announcer Sergio Mora spent much of the Povetkin fight commenting how Joshua's fluid combinations resemble more of a middleweight than anything heavyweight has recently seen.

"When you look at the resume of Anthony Joshua, he's quite incredible". The win gave Joshua the second of his now three major world titles and is looking to become the first man to win all four major heavyweight world titles.

"Let's figure out what's happening on April 13", Joshua said.

Povetkin again rocked Joshua with a short left hook in the third round, after he had landed a big overhand right, and the champion looked nervous.

"May the champion bring himself here and have a good old fashioned dust-up. So I'll still fight him, yeah".

A Deontay Wilder win over Tyson Fury obviously would be better for continuing to build Wilder-Anthony Joshua into what promoter Eddie Hearn said Saturday night would "definitely be the biggest fight in British boxing history".

"I don't think Dillian Whyte against Anthony Joshua on 13 April is a bad fight, but people might because they are used to something different. I would fight Fury if he's ready".

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