Anthony Joshua stopped Alexander Povetkin in the seventh round of their bout at Wembley Stadium, London to retain his world heavyweight titles to set up a mammoth showdown with either Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury in April 2019.
Having been rocked at the end of the first round suffering a bloody nose and losing at least four of the first six rounds, Joshua found the early exchanges tough as he tried to gain a foothold in the fight. Then, in the seventh round, it all changed.
It’s no secret Joshua possesses immense power with 20 of his previous 21 victories coming by way of knockout, and this power was unleashed in round seven.
A ferocious right hand by Joshua was followed by a left hook that signaled the beginning of the end for Povetkin. Another right-left combination sent Povetkin to the canvas. Povetkin beat the ten count, but Joshua’s natural instincts kicked in and the referee had to stop the fight when the Povetkin fell into the ropes after another strong left hook.
Joshua, the champion and home fighter with the higher profile of the two pockets £20 million from the fight, while Povetkin walks away with £6 million.
All eyes now turn to Wilder and Fury who fight on December 1st in the United States, with the venue to be announced in the next week. Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, has stated the purse for this fight has been split 50-50.
It is widely expected the winner of this bout will face Joshua in April 2019, however Joshua’s camp believe Fury will not be in a position to fight while Warren is requesting too much asking for a 50-50 split of the purse.
Given the fact Fury never lost his world heavyweight titles, due to loss time to focus on his recovery, it is understandable why Warren is asking for a 50-50 split. Joshua is quite possibly the best heavyweight in the world, which makes it unrealistic.
Whether we see Wilder v Joshua or Joshua v Fury, the fight on 13th April 2019 will be the biggest ever fight in the heavyweight division.