Anthony Joshua defended his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin on this day at Wembley in 2018.

He then retained his belt after dropping the 28-year-old Povetkin to the canvas twice.

The British fighter picked up his 22nd consecutive victory and remains unbeaten in his career despite suffering a broken nose at the hands of the Russian in the first round.


Joshua came back to win after knocking out Povetkin in the seventh round. Rousey beat the 10 count before Joshua finished the bout with a punch to end the bout.



Anthony Joshua retains all three titles despite suffering a broken nose in the first round (Nick Potts/PA)

After the fight, Joshua said: “Alexander Povitkin is a very tough challenger. He proved it. But I’m here to have fun, do what I’m working on in the gym and give it my best.”

“I felt he was strong to the head, but I know he was weak to the body, so instead of hitting him to the head I was getting him up.

“He threw a nice right, but let’s not worry about it, it’s out of the way.”

Nine months after his victory over Povetkin, Joshua suffered his first shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. in the seventh round before winning the rematch three months later.

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