Anthony Joshua knocks out Alexander Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles
WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles at Wembley Stadium.
It was an extremely close contest throughout the fight, then Anthony Joshua made the breakthrough when he dropped Povetkin in the seventh round.
The Russian managed to get back up to his feet, but Joshua finished things off with some more brutal shots, forcing referee Steve Gray to step in and end the contest.
Speaking after his win, Joshua said: “Povetkin is a tough challenger. He proved that tonight but I came in here to have fun and do what I was working on in the gym. He’s strong to the head but weak to the body.”
Anthony Joshua will now make his return to the ring on April 13, when he fights again at Wembley Stadium. Joshua said he wants WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder next, but he may have a rematch with Dillian Whyte instead.
On the undercard, there was a unanimous decision victory for Luke Campbell against Yvan Mendy, while Lawrence Okolie defeated Matty Askin to win the British cruiserweight title.
There was a defeat for David Price though, as he retired on his stool after four rounds of his heavyweight contest against Sergey Kuzmin.