Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin
By Kid Hersh
World Boxing Association (WBA) Super heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20KO’s) and Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24KO’s) squared off at Wembley Stadium on the new DAZN streaming network.
In the first round, it was a tight fight between the two men until later in the round when they started to open up - Joshua to the body and Povetkin landed a left hook to the head that may have temporarily stunned Joshua, to everyones surprise. Joshua came out in the second round with a bloody nose and Povetkin continued timing him very well with his hooks. Joshua looked genuinely frustrated in the second round and it showed into the third round where he was giving ground to Povetkin, perhaps looking to change up tactics seeing as Povetkin was still having the upper hand in the rounds. Povetkin was loading up on all of his punches and doing very well until perhaps the fight took a turn in Joshuas favor in the fourth round, where Povetkin suffered a very bad cut above his left eye that had to be affecting his vision. Joshua was still looking to box his man in the fifth round, perhaps biding his time while seeing a wounded fighter in front of him with Povetkin suffering the very bad cut. Joshua would start to take control of the fight, boxing Povetkin and picking his openings for power punches as he started to land them more and more until in the seventh round he scored a knockdown after stunning Povetkin with a right hand that started a series of punches ending with a right hand that put Povetkin on the canvas. Povetkin rose, surprisingly beating the count, but the fight was ended shortly thereafter when it looked obvious that he could not continue and was taking unnecessary punishment.