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Yesterday, September 22nd 2018, Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KO’s) successfully defended his WBA/WBO/IBF World Heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KO’s).  Povetkin looked good early as he displayed his superior hand speed in round 1.  He landed a brutal combination finishing with a vicious left hook which seemed to break Joshuas nose.  Blood began to pour from it, and Joshua clearly looked bothered by the damage to his nose.  Povetkin continued the combinations in round 2, as AJ certainly looked frazzled and dumbfounded by Povetkin’s early success.

In the 3rd round, Joshua seemed to find his range, and was being much more effective as he boxed Povetkin from the outside.  The 4th was more of the same, as Joshua seemed to be gaining control of the fight.  Povetkin, at age 39, seemed to be losing steam in the 5th round, and the fight would not last much longer.  In the 7th round, AJ landed a huge right hand that badly stunned Povetkin, and a few punches later, he would go down.  Povetkin, on dream street, somehow got up from the knockdown, and was somehow allowed to continue, even though he had no legs under him, and was clearly almost out on his feet.  Joshua bombarded hime with punches, and Povetkin would go down again, this time for good.  Joshua remains the unified World Heavyweight champion, with a 7th round KO victory.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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