Anthony Joshua knocks out Alexander Povetkin to retain heavyweight titles

The British champ asks Twitter to tell him who he should fight next after stopping the Russian in round seven.

British world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua successfully defended his three world heavyweight title belts with a seventh round knockout of Russia's Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium.

After struggling early on, 2012 Olympic champion Joshua finally found his rhythm and dealt the 2004 Olympic gold medallist his first career stoppage.

The win sees 28-year-old Joshua retain his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation titles and extend his perfect professional record to 22 wins, with 21 knockouts.

"I know he's strong to the head, but weaker to the body, so I worked to the top worked to the bottom, break him down both ends and then when the opportunity came I saw and I just took it really." - Anthony Joshua

First blood to Povetkin

The stage was set for another night of spectacular action with 80,000 fans inside Wembley Stadium where Joshua triumphed against former champion Wladimir Klitschko last year.

But it was 39-year-old Povetkin who drew first blood, staggering Joshua with an uppercut and a short left hook at the end of the first round.

Joshua was left with a bloodied nose and looked vulnerable.

Anthony Joshua overcomes a bloody nose against Alexander Povetkin
Anthony Joshua overcomes a bloody nose against Alexander PovetkinAnthony Joshua overcomes a bloody nose against Alexander Povetkin

Savage finish

The fight settled down into an even contest between the two Olympic champions until the sixth round.

But Joshua, 11 years younger and 11kg heavier than his opponent, made his sizeable weight and reach advantage count in round seven.

A left hook breached Povetkin's defences and the British star followed up with a straight right to send the challenger to the canvas.

Povetkin had his head through the ropes at one point but managed to beat the count, only for Joshua to land a flurry of punches prompting the referee to call off the fight.

Anthony Joshua triumphs with a seventh-round stoppage against Alexander Povetkin
Anthony Joshua triumphs with a seventh-round stoppage against Alexander PovetkinAnthony Joshua triumphs with a seventh-round stoppage against Alexander Povetkin

Next up...

Joshua now boasts a record of 22-0 with 21 wins coming from knockouts and shows no sign of slowing down

I'm 28, another ten years stay consistent and I'll have all the fun when I'm done - Anthony Joshua

He's already made plans to extend his win streak with his next defence scheduled for 13 April against either fellow Briton Dillian Whyte or WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder who meets former undisputed champion Tyson Fury in December.

The venue? Wembley Stadium of course.

Joshua will be hoping that it remains a happy hunting ground for him.

Tyson's fury

Wilder and Fury have agreed terms to meet on December 1 with the fight likely to take place in the United States.

Joshua's promoters did not mention Fury as a potential opponent, prompting the 'Gypsy King' to slam his fellow Briton on Instagram.

Fury called Wilder "the best heavyweight out there", writing off Joshua as "a bum".

And he was far from impressed with Joshua's latest win.

"It's all right fighting men of 39 years old half your size. Joshua's slow, methodical, ponderous at times. Powerful, yes, but they all are.

"If I was you, Joshua, I would avoid me because I would jab your face off." - Tyson Fury

Meanwhile, Joshua has set up a Twitter poll asking the public who they would like him to fight next.

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