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After beating Povetkin, Anthony Joshua targets Deontay Wilder next

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After beating Povetkin, Anthony Joshua targets Deontay Wilder next

Joshua made an exciting defence of his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles by inflicting a knockout on Alexander Povetkin in seven rounds on Saturday night at the Wembley Stadium, after which immediate attention was turned to April 13 when he hopes to lure Wilder for his return.

Talks to agree a fight with the American have, so far, produced nothing and Wilder who holds the WBC belt is now due to defend his title against Tyson Fury in December.

Speaking after his win over Povetkin, Joshua said has got his knockout streak back, saying he had discovered his right hand which had gone missing for a while, and it is lining up for April 13, said Joshua.

Joshua said April 13 is what that really interests him, and his No 1 in the date would be Wilder.

I don’t want to talk about No 2 or No 3, my No 1 is Wilder, that it, he added.

Asked to pick a winner between Wilder and Fury, Joshua replied: he only concentrate on himself and not too fussed who wins. He said he want the winner to bring himself to the UK to have a good dust-up with him, as he which both his rivals good luck.

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Promoter Eddie Hearn had tried to get a contract signed by the Wilder’s representatives and a bout that would see unbeaten champions share the ring to decide one undisputed king.

Speaking with Sky Sports, Hearn claimed Joshua had to take a mandatory challenge, after a deal was agreed, they signed the contract, while Wilder camp didn’t.

Joshua is a real world champion, not an Instagram world champion. If they don’t want to fight, they don’t want to fight.

He however promised to try again with Team Wilder to make the fight the whole world want to see.

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AJ blasted Povetkin with a stunning at Wembley

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AJ blasted Povetkin with a stunning at Wembley

After overcame an early onslaught, Anthony Joshua defended his world heavyweight titles with a devastating knockout of Alexander Povetkin at Wembley.

Joshua blasted Povetkin to the canvas in the seventh round with a brutal assault and then floored the WBA mandatory challenger again to show a shock and dramatic ending to his 22nd professional victory.

As he went back to the scene where he produced an epic win over Wladimir Klitschko, there were more moments of concern for the British star as he was wobbled and hurt in the early rounds, but put on the his style and show his battling spirit to inflict the first stoppage lost to Povetkin.

In the first round, the battles cries turned to gasps at ringside as a left hook from Povetkin staggered Joshua, the Russian had menacingly stalked through the opening few minutes.

Povetkin calmed for another moment to pounce in the second round, with blood dripping from Joshua’s injured nose, the Russian also found his range with a hurtful hook.

In the third round Joshua rammed in an overhand right, as his defences remained worryingly easy for Povetkin to penetrate, before ducking low to deliver a hook, but Joshua began to reply with crisp counters.

In the forth round, Povetkin’s right eye got cut with a wayward elbow, which reduce his control of the fight, and stinging jabs from Joshua force him onto the back foot.

As a tough fighter Povetkin would not be deterred easily as he unloaded with both hands hooks in the fifth, but the veteran was neutralised by Joshua’s nimble footwork and his accurate left hand in the sixth.

Joshua would crave for and explosive end to the battle in the seventh round, after finally gaining the measure of his determined foe.

Povetkin was sent to the canvas after a straight right hand shook through his, and a combination of left and right hooks. In a daze the Russian clambered upwards and and crunching shots delivered by Joshua signal a stunning finish.

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No pressure on me – Povetkin

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No pressure on me – Povetkin

Russian fighter Alexander Povetkin says he feels no pressure ahead of his heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua on Saturday, after engaging in an icy final stare-down.

Povetkin tipped the scales at 15st 12lbs, while Joshua was 17st 8lbs 5oz, as their heavyweight battle, draws near.

Povetkin was in a relaxed and confident mood at the weigh-in with any concern about coming into the fight as a lighter man.

Speaking after the weigh-in through a translator, Povetkin said he feel great and that the weight is a very comfortable and good for him.

Povetkin who said he had prepared for both speed and power, claimed he didn’t see anything in Joshua’s eyes.

I am delighted about this fight taking place very soon. I’m very calm and feel no pressure.

The Russian who doesn’t like making predictions about his fight promised an interesting and thrilling fight, as he hope to see his English fans rooting for him on Saturday.

Even he is carrying a big weight advantage into the fight, unified champion Joshua insists he is strong enough to come out victorious in his 22nd professional fight.

I’m going to put on my dancing shoes and be quick on my feet, because I know he is going to be fast and quick, said Joshua.

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Joshua promise to shut down Povetkin early

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Joshua promise to shut down Povetkin early

Anthony Joshua says he wants to shut down and beat Alexander Povetkin early when the two heavyweights step in the ring at Wembley Stadium.

Joshua go into the Saturday’s fight with Povetkin with a 21-fight unbeaten record, together with his WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO belts with Povetkin.

The British heavyweight has raised his sparring ahead of the showdown and is confident of implementing effectively the right game-plan to record another memorable victory at the English national stadium.

Speaking after his media workout, Joshua said he is going through the usual routine with hundreds of rounds of sparring, with thousands of punches thrown and taking thousands back, he also added that they were at the business end and locked in camp.

Even though Joshua his confident he is as well wary of the danger Povetkin is carrying and wants to quickly take control of the fight.

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According to him the heavyweight is not only about the talent of a fighter, but one punch can change the course of a fight, and everyone is aware of that. He added that it’s down to him to handle business accordingly, considering the punching power possesed by Povetkin with knockouts on his record.

Joshua also said even though his opponent might have a good left hook but he have to destroy and shut that early.

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