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Anthony Joshua retains titles with brutal knockout of Alexander Povetkin

Anthony Joshua retains titles with brutal knockout of Alexander Povetkin

He added: 'I don't know this is boxing it's a amusing thing - he may need surgery after what happened to his nose.

"I'll go to Vegas for free and fight Wilder", Fury said last month.

Joshua said Povetkin was one of the toughest challengers.

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.

United Kingdom rapper Nines, meanwhile, performed a spin of his song "I see you shining" as the intro for Joshua to come out for his ring walk.

With an impressive professional record that consisted of only a solitary defeat to Klitschko in 2013, the 39-year-old Povetkin certainly looked to be challenging the younger, bigger Joshua for the opening half of the fight.

"Coming back is a blessing - it's time to put on a performance", said Joshua at a Wembley news conference on Thursday.

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker are headed in different directions
RICHARD HEATHCOTE GETTY IMAGES Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker are headed in different directions

"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".

For Povetkin, this is likely to be the end at the top level and he gave it his all, wobbling Joshua on a few occasions early.

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

And come the fourth round, Povetkin had a significant cut above the left eye.

Povetkin remained unsafe with his left hook and overhand right, but Joshua increasingly gained control through his jab and in the sixth landed a short right hand from close range that the Russian did well to shrug off. Joshua landed a sudden straight right hand that hurt Povetkin and followed it up with a combination that ended with a right hook that sent Povetkin down.

"Well, shit just got serious".

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