Champion Anthony Joshua knocked out challenger Alexander Povetkin in the 7th round at Wembley Stadium Saturday night to retain his WBA, WBO, and IBF titles and possibly set up a unification mega-fight with the winner of December 1st showdown between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) found himself down to the challenger early but after five rounds, Povetkin appeared to be gassed and the champion took full advantage. Joshua pounded Povetkin with heavy shots to easily win round six. He floored the Russian a minute into round seven and finished the job as a wobbly Povetkin was barely able to get to his feet.
In a perfect world, WBC champ Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) will beat Fury and set up a tentative April 13th matchup of unbeaten at Wembley in London. The charismatic Brit and the American challenger would draw well over 80,000 fans and break every combat sport handle by a mile. It would also signal a resurgence of the heavyweight division that has been pretty much dormant since the Mike Tyson era.
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