Anthony Joshua stops Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles

Anthony Joshua stops Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles

The WBA-IBF-WBO world heavyweight champion floored Alexander Povetkin in the seventh round before following up to force the stoppage at Wembley Stadium.

Parker, of course, failed to build on the profile he received in the United Kingdom from their title fight by succumbing to a second successive unanimous points defeat to Dillian Whyte in August.

This fight was the latest in a line of professional heavyweight title bouts, featuring the likes of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman, between two former Olympic champions, with Joshua having won gold in front of his home crowd at the 2012 London Games - eight years after Povetkin stood atop the podium in Athens.

What next for the all-conquering, undefeated Anthony Joshua?

"I believe Tyson Fury will be the victor of that fight so why on earth would anyone want to stand in its way?" added Warren. "I would fight Fury if he's ready". "I should've been down there, I was down there and Sky brought me up to do this, I don't see the point".

"Good luck to Fury", Joshua said.

"If it's not Deontay Wilder then it will be Whyte here on April 13".

"It's very clear to see - avoid me at all costs".

Against Fury - or at least the version of Fury who took the three belts from Wladimir Klitschko which Joshua now holds - there could come a salutary boxing lesson.

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"It is subject to terms because you [Warren] will ask for a ridiculous amount of money and it won't be made", responded Hearn. His display showcased poise, intellect and power, sending a message to the heavyweight division that the champion will take some stopping.

In a video posted on Instagram, Fury said: "I think it's safe to say now that not team Joshua or Matchroom will ever fight the Gypsy King".

"It's alright fighting men 39 years old, half your size". [This] is the best evidence that I am fighting the best heavyweight out there in Deontay Wilder, Joshua is not even close. He's slow, methodical, ponderous at times.

BBC Sport boxing correspondent Mike Costello: "13 April back at Wembley is an absolute definite".

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But promoter Eddie Hearn has warned a deal must be agreed quickly if the American is to be Joshua's next opponent.

Povetkin managed to somehow get up and to his feet but it was to no avail as Joshua proved his worth as a top-class finisher and landed blow after blow until eventually referee Gray stepped in an called a halt to the fight. I can't be bothered any more, worrying about Wilder.

The venue and date of Joshua's next fight have always been determined - Wembley Stadium on April 13 - but the opponent is still unclear.

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