By Mihaly Szabo
AJ scored a brutal knock out in the seventh round after a very tough first round with Hearn admitting, ‘after that first round my bumhole was all over the place’.
Having been rocked by Povetkin’s uppercut at the end of the first round, and broken his nose and bloodied, Joshua was aware of the danger of the older, more experienced challenger. Yet after taking Povetkin’s best shots, his left hook straight right-hand combination twice buckled Povetkin and sent him to the canvas. Povetkin got up from that but AJ trowed few other heavy shots and the referee stopped the fight.
Eddie Hearn, after the fight, revealed details about Anthony Joshua horrific training camp before Povetkin fight. AJ had been struggling with the flu for most of the week and even had to change his gloves three minutes before the walk on.
Hearn told to iFL TV: “It’s been a horrific camp. There have been injuries and he’s even had the flu all week. I wake out this morning with it p***ing down with rain and I was thinking ‘it’s not meant to be'”
“I get into the changing room and he’s put the glove on, but the thumbs went and he had to change it three minutes before the walk on, so we’re re-taping it.
“After that first round, my b**hole was all over the place. Povetkin was a stinker of a challenger for him. His style was all wrong for AJ – but what a finish.”
As everyone predicted, Povetkin was a very dangerous opponent, but the champ showed a lot of heart again and finished in style. Right after the announcement of the winner, AJ said in the ring: “My No.1 would be Wilder but I don’t want to talk about it now, there’s no contract signed. I’ve got no mandatory challengers, no one is going to spring up.” Turning to the crowd, he asked: “Providing there are no mandatory challengers, who do we want to fight here on April 13? We’ll put a poll out on Twitter. Sometimes you have to face a mandatory, which I did here, and now that’s out of the way we’ll put a poll out. We’ve both done a lot of talking, I’m here now, I’ve had a good fight, my knockout streak is back and Wembley is lined up for April 13.”
He added: “Alexander Povetkin is a very tough challenger, he proved that with good left hooks. But I came in there to have fun, do what I’d been working on. I realised he was strong to the head but weak to the body and every jab takes a second out of you and slows you down. He was very good coming through the middle bit let’s not worry about that, that’s out of the way and let’s worry about what’s happening on April 13.”
Asked about the pressure to knock opponents out, Joshua said: “There’s a lot of pressure, no doubt about it, the whole country is rooting for us all, for boxing. A few years ago maybe I wouldn’t have won that fight but that’s a credit to my coaching staff and the people who help me in camp. I’m in it to win it, in it to learn. Good luck to Wilder and Fury, I wish them well, and may the champion come to the UK and we’ll have a good dust-up.”
Anthony Joshua earned £20 million for this night, but he deserved every penny, while the Russian bank account groved with £6 million.
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