Watford’s Anthony Joshua delivered a knock-out blow to retain his world heavyweight titles after a tough fight at Wembley against Alexander Povetkin.
The former Kings Langley school boy, 28, took seven rounds to knock out the Russian, 39, and hold on to his IBO, WBO and WBA titles in London last month.
The veteran fighter, who’s twice failed a drugs test, struck the first blow leaving AJ with a bloody nose early on but Joshua hit back cutting his rival above the eye.
The home favourite put Povetkin on the canvas with a neat left-right combination however the challenger staggered back to his feet. However, just moments later, the fight was over with referee Steve Gray stepping in as Povetkin fell again.
AJ’s now left it up to fans to decide who he’ll face in April. So far more than 50 per cent want him to face American Deontay Wilder in April. However, Tyson Fury who could also end up facing AJ next year, lashed out on Twitter calling him a ‘bum’’ and a ‘dosser’.
The victory now means Joshua is undefeated in 22 fights.