Joshua vs. Povetkin Live Results

Although Anthony Joshua is not facing Deontay Wilder at Wembley Stadium tonight, he is still facing one of the top heavyweight boxers in the world today in Alexander Povetkin.

The fight marks Joshua’s return to Wembley Stadium after his first time headlining the colossal venue saw him knock out Wladimir Klitschko in 2017. 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.

Joshua quickly ascended to the top of the mountain with 20 straight knockout victories with wins over Dillian Whyte, Charles Martin, Joseph Parker and Klitschko. Now Joshua is one WBC title short of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion. But before getting that superfight against Wilder, Joshua will have to get past Povetkin.

Povetkin’s career has been marred by failed drug tests, but after finishing up a drug suspension last year, Povetkin returned to form, knocking out David Price in his last fight to become the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s title. Povetkin previously fought Klitschko for the unified titles, but was unsuccessful. After that loss, Povetkin won eight straight fights with six of those wins coming by knockout.

Anthony Joshua (C) vs. Alexander Povetkin​​​​​​​: Unified WBA, WBO and IBF Heavyweight Title

Luke Campbell defeated Yvan Mendy by unanimous decision​​​​​​​

Lawrence Okolie defeated Matty Askin​ ​​​​by unanimous decision to win the BBBofC British Cruiserweight Title

Sergey Kuzmin​​​​​​​ defeated David Price by RTD, round 4

Shakhram Giyasov​​​​​​​ defeated Julio Laguna by TKO, round 4

Anthony Joshua (C) vs. Alexander Povetkin​​​​​​​: Unified WBA, WBO and IBF Heavyweight Title

Round 1: Both men start the fight measuring each other, not throwing any strong power punches as they get into a rhythm and get a feel for each other’s range. Joshua did land a counter left hook halfway through the round that could have been trouble for Povetkin. Povetkin ends the round with a solid left hand that stunned Joshua.

Round 2: Joshua’s nose is starting to bleed as Povetkin is starting to mount the pressure on Joshua. Povetkin connects with a right hand to the champion. Joshua is still fighting in a cautious manner and looking to utilize his jab.

Round 3: Povetkin continues his strong start by constantly closing the distance on Joshua as the champion tries to look for an opening. Joshua is managing to duck and evade some of Povetkin’s punches, but is not mounting any serious offense.

Round 4: Joshua is letting his hands go and there is some blood around the left eye of Povetkin. Joshua landed a big right uppercut that caused a cut on Povetkin and the champion is doing a better job evading Povetkin’s punches.

Round 5: Povetkin once again tries to close the distance on Joshua, looking for body shots. Povetkin is lunging forward to throw the left hook, but Joshua avoids getting seriously hit. Povetkin lands a left hook upstairs. Joshua ended the round with a quick jab.

Round 6: Joshua is throwing a couple of jabs to start the round. Joshua lands a right hand and is getting more comfortable fighting Povetkin. Povetkin throws a couple of heavy hooks, which Joshua blocks. Povetkin lands another big uppercut. Joshua connects with a counter right hook.

Round 7: Joshua goes for a right hand and Povetkin counters with a left hook upstairs. Joshua stuns Povetkin with a right jab and Povetkin is knocked down. Povetkin barely gets back up and Joshua and overwhelms Povetkin until the referee puts a stop to the contest. Joshua retains the title.

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