Anthony Joshua stops experienced 2004 gold medalist Alexander Povetkin
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This weekend Anthony Joshua extended his record to 22-0 after a seventh-round stoppage win over 2004 Olympic gold medalist Alexander Povetkin. Joshua, the current IBF, WBO and WBA champion has been recently criticised for not agreeing on a deal with the higher profile name fighters within the division but, after a slow start, he ensured his champion's status with an emphatic finish to the fight in the seventh, making him the first man to stop Povetkin inside the distance. Joshua and Povetkin began the fight evenly, with Joshua suffering a bloody nose early on, before cutting Povetkin later in the fight. It was a fierce right hand followed by a savage left hook which was the beginning of the end for the 39-year-old Russian fighter, and after a 9-count Povetkin was up and ready to continue but another heavy combination and Povetkin was downed for the second time in less than a minute. Referee Steve Gray, taking charge of his fifth Joshua fight, had no choice but to intervene leaving Joshua the clear winner and reminding the entire Heavyweight division of the British boxer's ability, having now won 21 of his fights by knockout. Joshua reminded everyone of his quality after the eyes of boxing fans were drawn away from the title defence with the announcement of the Tyson Fury and Detonay Wilder bout to take place on December 1st taking place on Friday. "Povetkin is a very tough challenger, he proved that with good left hooks and counter punches, "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." Joshua told the BBC. With his title defence out of the way and with Tyson Fury fighting Deontay Wilder the question for Joshua is who's next, as with the fight not being a sell-out Joshua will need to secure a huge name from the heavyweight division to improve his already blossoming record. As I see it the three paths Joshua could take are either fighting Wilder, Fury or Dillian Whyte next year. However, Joshua has already seen negotiations fizzle out with Wilder leading to this bout Povetkin, the second option of Fury will need to beat Wilder to earn the right to challenge Joshua, so these two paths for the current Heavyweight champion will be unclear until December 1st. The alternative route which Joshua could take is to refight Dillian Whyte, who he previously defeated in 2015, but Whyte has improved drastically since the bout three years ago and has already openly claimed he is hopeful of a rematch with the undisputed champion. Image rights - Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anthony_Joshua_-_-AJBXNG_(4).jpg
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