Dillian Whyte prepared to face Anthony Joshua at Wembley

Joshua weighs in 11 kilograms heavier than Povetkin

Anthony Joshua has retained his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight championship belts.

Anthony Joshua stated his eagerness to fight Deontay Wilder at Wembley next April after overcoming a major scare at the London venue to emphatically defeat Alexander Povetkin. Joshua has expressed interest in fighting the victor of that bout in April.

Joshua likely doesn't get the credit he deserves as a boxer with a smart IQ and DAZN announcer Sergio Mora spent much of the Povetkin fight commenting how Joshua's fluid combinations resemble more of a middleweight than anything heavyweight has recently seen.

The champion delivered a stunning flurry of punches to ensure Povetkin was stopped for the first time in his career.

"Joshua is not even close".

"I got my knockout streak back".

In what was the close fight in the early rounds, Joshua was behind on the scorecards midway through the contest and aware of the threat of the older, more experienced challenger. I realized he was strong to the head but weak to the body so I was switching it up.

"But good luck to both of them and may the champion bring himself to the United Kingdom, let's have a good dust-up".

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Joshua, 28, had a significant height and reach advantage of several inches over Povetkin. Since then, criticism has largely been equal to the praise Joshua has received, including a breakthrough 2017 knockout of Klitschko in which Joshua was forced to overcome both a knockdown and stamina dump that almost cost him the fight.

Joshua tipped the scales at 17st 8lbs 5oz at yesterday's weigh-in, with Povetkin nearly two stone lighter at 15st 12lbs.

Povetkin again rocked Joshua with a short left hook in the third round, after he had landed a big overhand right, and the champion looked nervous.

By the seventh round, Anthony wrecked Povetkin with a left hook followed by a right hand that dropped the Russian heavyweight on the ground.

"All I want to fight is serious challengers".

Former world champion Fury beat Francesco Pianeta on points in his second fight since making his comeback from a two and half year absence from the ring.

"They mentioned if it's not [Deontay] Wilder it'll be [Dillian] Whyte, there's no mention of Tyson Fury, the lineal heavyweight champion of the world. I would fight Fury if he's ready". "It could be one of the biggest fights in all time".

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