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.
Soon after the fight was stopped, the boxing community reacted to the finish:
Pretty fun fight and a terrific finish! First time Povetkin has been stopped in 45 fights. Wlad dropped him four times in their 2013 fight (his only other loss), but the future hall of famer couldn’t finish him #JoshuaPovetkin
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 22, 2018
Brilliant finish from AJ. Absolutely brilliant – this is a massive statement
— KO Kings (@KOKINGS4) September 22, 2018
for what it’s worth, I had it 57-57 going into the 7th.
— Jangalang (@jangalang34) September 22, 2018
I’m picking Deontay Wilder to beat Anthony Joshua if they ever fight. We’ll see how Wilder looks in December. #Boxing
— Mike Matias (@Mike__Dhcf) September 22, 2018
Now that’s the real heavyweight champion of the universe @anthonyfjoshua
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) September 22, 2018
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.
— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) September 22, 2018
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