Anthony Joshua crushes Alexander Povetkin via an impressive, “leave no doubt” 7th round TKO/KO. But, there is much more to the story than just the result, Povetkin couldn’t have fought better, and the British superstar turned him back anyway. Joshua was completely impressive as Povetkin showed up with his “A” game in every respect, implementing a game-plan that had Joshua bothered throughout.
This writer had Povetkin ahead 4 rounds to 2 going into the 7th round and he did not appear to be slowing up, when the giant Englishman hurt him with a short, straight-arrow right hand. Povetkin shuddered immediately and Joshua was on him with terrific precision—putting Povetkin down less than 20 seconds after he first hurt him. There was no quit in the Russian, getting up wasn’t easy, he barely made it, but he did and was firm in his resolve to continue. At this point though, it was a formality as Joshua put his punches together and in short order finished Povetkin with a sledgehammer of a right hand along the ropes. 45 seconds before the end, Alexander Povetkin was winning the fight, and the 7th round.
This was incontrovertibly, a terrific, impressive win for Anthony Joshua. Povetkin showed his quality and then some, came in, in excellent condition and put himself in his best position to pull the upset. Povetkin, this afternoon, may have beaten every other heavyweight on the planet. But not Joshua. Povetkin’s very best, was not good enough.
Joshua showed a level of control, and comfort, in a tough fight that, to this point in his career, he hadn’t. Anthony Joshua, looking more like a mature, developed fighter, left the ring following the Povetkin contest, even more in control of the division than when he entered.