‘Next stop: likely unification battle against Deontay Wilder’
Anthony Joshua to change his style drew in Alexander Povetkin, before dismantling the Russian World No 3 in front of 80,000 fight fans
Anthony Joshua dismantled one of the toughest guys in the sport on Saturday night at London’s Wembley stadium, to build his resume to 22-0
I feared the worst for Joshua with how quickly Povetkin started – he was on point
The key was Joshua changed his style, maintaining a sustained body attack, unusual for the normally head-hunting AJ
Joshua adapted to Povetkin by dropping his height and targeted his body, neutralizing the challenger’s typically aggressive fight style
His next opponent is likely to be the winner of Wilder vs Tyson Fury on Dec 1, for likely April 13 unification fight
Joshua retained his WBA, IBF and WBO titles fter Saturday’s fight
Fight fans saw an unfamiliar AJ on Saturday night, as he dismantled one of the toughest guys in the sport, a guy who had never been stopped before and is justifiably regarded as the No 3 heavyweight in the world.
As most boxing experts had predicted, Povetkin started off all action, rushing the champion and catching him off guard time and again.Joshua to his credit withstood the initial onslaught.
Commentators all agree that Anthony Joshua needs to be applauded for how he withstood the early blitz and systematically dismantled one of the toughest guys with impressive authority.
Anthony Joshua accepts the adulation of the Wembley fight fans after he dismantled one of the toughest guys in the heavyweight ranks on Saturday night
Anthony Joshua ultimately overcame a massively talented challenger, and highly regarded opponent in defeating Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night but the Brit had to dig deep after a sloppy start at Wembley.
British fans were concerned as they watched AJ struggle early on, most feeling he had lost the opening rounds.
Incidentally all three the judges ringside had AJ ahead on their score cards before the Round 7 knockout despite what many fight fans at ringside saw as an uncharacteristically slow start with Povetkin putting his head down, like Mike Tyson, slipping through Joshua’s guard to explode with hooks to the head.
Heading into round seven, the judges had the champion ahead in the fight 58-56, 58-56, 59-55 all to Joshua.
In the early rounds Alex Povetkin was catching Joshua with big hooks until the champion switched stance
Povetkin fought true to his predicted fight style plan. Tyson-esque, head down, fast, explosive, a heavyweight at the peak of his powers and he came into the ring to finish business.
As the fight progressed Joshua switched his style. Presenting a previously unseen style – He dropped his profile, almost stooping and creeping forward to give Povetkin a different look to consider.Sshowing unpredicted versatility, the champion dropped his hands, unleashing stiff jabs to the body.
Povetkin managed to sneak through the defense of Joshua in the early rounds on Saturday
The problem was, as Joshua got accustomed to the change in tactic, Povetkin seized the initiative.
Maintaining admirable discipline each time the challenger bobbed and hit the champion expecting to draw out his jab in response, enabling then hit under it. Instead, Joshua restrained himself and consistently targeted the jab to the body, which eventually forced Povetkin’s guard down.
After the fight Joshua said, he knew Povetkin could take blows to the head but not the body. Eventually it was Povetkin who fell into his trap and, as he dropped his hands, Joshua found his mark with a right.
Next up for Joshua beating Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte.