Anthony Joshua Fought Alexsander Povetkin Last Night… The Russian Found Out The Hard Way Just How Good A.J is…
Anthony Joshua is without a doubt the most marketable boxer on the planet right now. He fought Russian challenger Alexsander Povetkin last night at London’s Wembley Arena, aware that his eastern opponent would be his toughest test since Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua’s IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles were on the line. While many people predicted that he would walk over the veteran Russian fighter – he’s 39 – analysts were predicting that this would not go all ‘AJ’s’ way, especially in the opening few rounds.
And so it proved. Joshua’s mettle was tested early. However, while he may have made hard work of it and was rattled by Povetkin’s ferocity, he was able to seal the win with a devastating knockout. You can watch the footage of KO below. Povetkin didn’t know where he was after it.
There is no doubt that this was a dangerous fight for Joshua to take. While it was met with relatively muted fanfare, and many fans were disappointed he wasn’t fighting WBC champion Deontay Wilder, Povetkin is that sort of opponent who on another day could crush dreams with one punch.
However, it was not to be for the Russian. Significantly shorter than Joshua, he nonetheless reduced the advantage of AJ’s reach in the first three rounds by closing the distance and scrapping with the British fighter. He drew blood from Joshua’s nose in the second, possibly breaking it.
It took three rounds and a clash of heads for Joshua to get himself back in order. In the fifth and sixth his youthfulness was an advantage as Povetkin began to tire. However, he was definitely still in a fight, as the Russian still continued to crack AJ and remained threatening.
That lack of stamina cost Povetkin. It was immediately spotted by Joshua’s corner, and straight away he put the pressure on the Russian. He lands a heavy right, and then a combination plants the challenger on the floor. He manages to get to his feet, but another combination ends this one, and Joshua manages to move on.
There is absolutely no doubt that Joshua’s next fight has to be against the winner of Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury. All three men are unbeaten. Either fight would make business sense for the Watford native. It would unify the titles. And finally – and arguably most importantly – it’s what the fans what.
Sure there are other people he could fight next, but a rematch against Dillian Whyte does not have the glamour or the prestige of a unification battle against an unbeaten fighter. Any other fight is just moving sideways in his career. If he wants to rise again he needs to do the right thing.