By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
Anthony Joshua defeated Alexander Povetkin in seven rounds on Saturday night in their world heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium.
The British-Nigerian weathered an early storm from the veteran Russian fighter before doing what no professional had done before – he knocked Povetkin out!
Throughout the bout, it was clear that Joshua and Povetkin respected each other, with the end of each round prompting a bump of their respective gloves.
There was a massive roar around Wembley when the hometown boy retained his heavyweight titles yet again, before asking the raucous crowd exactly who they want to see him fight next.
The crowd were quick to respond with shouts of “Wilder”, referring to American heavyweight Deontay Wilder, who will face Tyson Fury in December.
Back in the dressing room after all of the fans had left, the respect between Joshua and Povetkin was clearer than ever, as the Watford-native approached the veteran and his entourage and thanked him for the fight.
“You’re very consistent. I want to come to Russia,” he said, later adding: “God bless you.”
Watch the exchange below:
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