Joshua overpowers Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles

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Anthony Joshua delivered a stunning finish to stop a game Alexander Povetkin and retain his world heavyweight titles at Wembley Stadium. Wladimir Klitschko [against Joshua in April 2016] was the biggest in British history, but this one would eclipse that.

"We're not willing to wait until December", Hearn said.

"I've got no interest [Wilder or Fury] in who wins". "The champion needs to get themselves over here to the United Kingdom and we'll have a good dust-up".

The dominant win was just what Joshua needed after his two biggest rivals, fellow Briton Tyson Fury and WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder, announced they have signed contracts to fight December 1.

Joshua was speaking in the ring following his knockout victory against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night and said that he didn't want to talk about anyone other than WBC champion Wilder.

"They mentioned if it's not [Deontay] Wilder it'll be [Dillian] Whyte, there's no mention of Tyson Fury, the lineal heavyweight champion of the world". There's no mandatory challengers. I'm going to put a poll out on Twitter.

"We will go away now and try and make a fight with Wilder", Hearn said. In terms of April, if we want the fight to happen then, Wilder must win.

And the first round ended with Povetkin, stooping low, rocking Joshua with a right uppercut that drew blood from the champion's nose.

Friday's weigh-in also confirmed a significant size difference, with Joshua tipping the scales at 17 stone 8 pounds (111.5 kilogrammes) compared to Povetkin's 15st 12lbs.

By the seventh round, Anthony wrecked Povetkin with a left hook followed by a right hand that dropped the Russian heavyweight on the ground.

When the fight resumed, Joshua showed no mercy and referee Steve Gray jumped in as the champion landed concussive blows after one minute and 59 seconds of the seventh round.

Joshua, full of confidence after his devastating seventh round stoppage of the fierce-hitting veteran Russian which took him to 22 fights unbeaten, said Wilder was still his preferred choice.

Yet Joshua has quietly grown from each performance in ways that may not have been fully realized until Saturday when he held off Povetkin's attacking style by boxing from distance and used quick combinations in close to work his way out of trouble.

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