Champion Joshua stops plucky Povetkin at Wembley

Joshua and Povetkin will hit the scales in London

Britain's Anthony Joshua and Russia's Alexander Povetkin pose during the weigh-in at the Business Design Centre in London, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

Joshua has a significant height and reach advantage of several inches over Povetkin, the 2004 Olympic champion.

"If he loses it throws potential fights with Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder into jeopardy, this fight really could change the world... if Povetkin can win and it's a big if".

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.

Welch, speaking in the Daily Telegraph, said: "I believe that Anthony Joshua will be the first billionaire fighter".

Klitschko was the only man to have previously inflicted a blemish on Povetkin's now 36-fight record, with a points win back in 2013. The energy in here spurs you on but I do feel the pressure, I'm not going to lie. He is one of the lightest heavyweights but that means he has speed.Povetkin, speaking through a translator, said: "I think I am in very good shape, I've had a good camp".

Saturday is the first of a two-fight deal at Wembley and Joshua said he felt at ease. Either way, Joshua is scheduled to have another fight at Wembley Stadium on April 13, 2019, but the opponent has not been decided.

"Sometimes you have to face your mandatory challenger and now that's out the way we will put a poll out for who the fans want".

He was booed all the way into the ring by a partisan crowd while the smiling champion was roared in to chants of "Oh, Anthony Joshua" at a rainswept Wembley.

Povetkin remained risky with his left hook and overhand right, but Joshua increasingly gained control through his jab and in the sixth landed a short right hand from close range that the Russian did well to shrug off.

Then come the seventh round he unleashed a flurry of punches to send Povetkin down.

"Joshua is a player in this game, the one stepping up and taking on great fighters", said Hearn.

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