Anthony Joshua has defeated Alexander Povetkin by knock out at Wembley Stadium to successfully defend his four World Heavyweight titles.
Povetkin, 39, was the mandatory challenger to Joshua, 28, after the Brit defeated Joseph Parker at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium back in March.
Joshua went into beast mode at round seven,landing a right jab that sent his opponent to the canvass.
“Povetkin is a very tough challenger, he proved that tonight with good left hooks and counter punches,” admitted Joshua.
“I came in here to have fun, and give it my best,I knew he was strong to the head but weak to the body. I was just mixing it up.
“It could have been seven, maybe nine, maybe 12 rounds to get him out of there. But the ultimate aim was to be victorious
“I got my knockout streak back,” he declared.
Joshua keeps hold of the WBA, (Super) IBF, WBO and IBO belts.
That’s the first time Povetkin has been stopped in his career, courtesy of brutal punching from Joshua.
After two slower opening rounds, Joshua later found his range in the fight.
And it was a series of accurate combinations which did it in the seventh round, first with an overhand right and then some big lefts.
This made it his 22 professional wins unbeaten.