Anthony Joshua Vs. Alexander Povetkin Results: KO Highlight (VIDEO), Analysis, And Twitter Reaction

Things looked rough at the outset, but WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KO) demonstrated the kind of power that can erase a multitude of early struggles.

On Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London, Joshua scored a definitive seventh-round KO victory over Alexander Povetkin. During the final sequence, Joshua landed a devastating, short right-hand power counter shot on Povetkin’s chin, and the game Russian challenger was badly hurt. A flurry of power shots put Povetkin down, and almost through the ropes.
Somehow, he climbed to his feet and referee Steve Gray allowed him to continue. Within seconds, Joshua delivered a series of damaging punches that forced the stoppage as Povetkin stumbled to the canvas. Here is a look at the finish:

Soon after the fight was stopped, the boxing community reacted to the finish:

It may have been wipeout at the end, but this was anything but an easy title defense for Joshua. Povetkin dazed Joshua with a sweet three-punch combination in the first round that left the champion’s nose bloodied.

After that, Joshua seemed tentative for a few rounds as he struggled to find a comfort level with his attack. Meanwhile, as Joshua’s work rate slowed, Povetkin was gaining confidence and throwing more aggressive combinations. At the time of the stoppage, some boxing pundits had Povetkin winning. Others, such as myself, had it even before Joshua lowered the boom. He set up his resurgence with a jab that he began to throw at varying levels

By wise

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