Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury: Fight confirmed for 1 December

Calvin Saunders
September 23, 2018

Joshua landed a few good uppercuts and left hooks and likely took the round with his accurate punching. You fight me next and no one else, but for me. "Every jab takes a breath out of you and I slowed him down". Povetkin is 34-1 on his career with 24 knockouts.

For Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn, he is acutely aware that the time is now to get the Wilder fight over the line but he remains unsure if the proposed bout with Fury will actually make it to fight night.

"It's a very comfortable and good weight for me, I feel great", he said, via a translator. "The champion needs to get themselves over here to the United Kingdom and we'll have a good dust-up".

My No 1 would be Wilder.

Back at the stadium where beat the great Wladimir Klitschko in an 11-round thriller a year ago, Joshua again went to the trenches against a high-class opponent.

Hearn added: "If it's not Wilder, Whyte would be next".

Joshua says he will fight someone on 13 April and "give the fans what they want" but he won't say who it might be.

"Povetkin is a very tough challenger and he proved it tonight".

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"If it's not Deontay Wilder then it will be Whyte here on April 13". And if it is not Wilder next up, Joshua could find himself facing the 27-0 Tyson Fury after Povetkin.

And the WBA mandatory challenger showed just how unsafe he could be by stiffening Joshua's legs with a right uppercut to the jaw followed by a left hook toward the end of the first round.

But the first round ended with Povetkin, stooping low, rocking Joshua with a right uppercut that drew blood from the champion's nose.

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Joshua, 28, had a significant height and reach advantage of several inches over Povetkin.

"This is not new to me, this feels like home", he said ahead of a bout that pits two former Olympic boxing champions against each other, Joshua having won gold at London 2012 and Povetkin at Athens 2004.

A previously close contest turned in Joshua's favour decisively when he sent the Russian crashing to the canvas with a straight right hand and left hook.

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