28-year-old Anthony Joshua has kept his perfect record intact with a gruelling win over Russian veteran boxer Alexander Povetkin. The 39-year-old seasoned campaigner had only lost once prior to the 22 September bout at Wembley Stadium, succumbing to Wladimir Klitschko by decision after an absolutely brutal 12 rounds in 2013. Povetkin, alongside Klitschko, were thought to be the biggest test for Joshua, as well as the biggest threats to his quadruple crown titles.
Things didn’t go totally to plan in the early rounds with the Englishman failing to find his reach or rhythm. A bloodied and possibly broken nose on the back of some epic combinations from the Russian had pundits questioning whether he would be able to get the job done. Reverting to jabs to slow things down and dictate, Joshua was able to dictate proceedings and get things back on his terms. A series of continued body blows saw the Russian tire slightly, dropping his hands as a clear sign of fatigue.
Appearing to will himself into things in the opening of round 7, Joshua was seen to mouth “Come On” to himself as the fighters came together. Have a grueling six rounds, and the judges scoring things pretty evenly it was time for one of the fighters to step up. That man was Joshua, with a seemingly tired Povetkin succumbing to a barrage of punches on the back of a brutal overhand right from Joshua. The slow-motion footage below shows the initial knockdown action beautifully with the short left hook doing enough damage to seriously scatter the Russian.
Joshua retained his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles. His glowing flawless record has not been a one-way street with Joshua proving he is a fighter’s fighter who can get it done in the trenches against machines like Povetkin and Wladimir Klitschko as well as dominating others.