Joshua KOs Povetkin at Wembley

Joshua weighs in 11 kilograms heavier than Povetkin

Povetkin gamely beat the count but Joshua piled in before referee Steve Gray stopped the contest at one minute and 59 seconds of the seventh round.

If boxing fans could have their way, Joshua's unification fight with Wilder would've already happened late past year or at worst in the first half of 2018.

"I've got my knockout streak back and I found my right hand again", Joshua said.

The venue and date of Joshua's next fight have always been determined - Wembley Stadium on April 13 - but the opponent is still unclear. I realized he was strong to the head but weak to the body so I was switching it up.

'Joshua is under a lot of pressure, there is massive pressure on me every fight and he is at a higher level than me.

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, would prefer Wilder over Fury (27-0, 19 KOs), 30, and says he wants a deal agreed by December 1.

Joshua, undefeated in his professional career with 20 knockouts in 21 fights, had been four pounds lighter for his previous title bout against New Zealand's Joseph Parker at Cardiff's Principality Stadium last March.

Povetkin, 39 years old and with a 34-1 record, will be fighting in front of an 80,000 strong crowd at a stadium that Joshua calls home.

De Gea feeling the love at United
Andre Gray pulled a goal back midway through the second period but it wasn't enough to preserve Watford's ideal start to their English Premier League .

But Joshua, who had a 4-inch height advantage and weighed in almost two stones heavier (246 pounds to Povetkin's 222), made better use of his jab later in the third round.

'Hopefully, it's me next, I'm here and ready to fight'.

"Let's figure out what's happening on April 13", Joshua said.

Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs), 39, was impressively aggressive and consistently unsafe with left hooks and overhand rights.

Joshua was not overly troubled by the combination, but it was the best attack of an entertaining first round and left the champion's nose streaming blood. "The champion needs to get themselves over here to the United Kingdom and we'll have a good dust-up".

Joshua, who said Thursday that "my well is deep, my heart can definitely go through hell and back", was certainly being tested in the opening exchanges, although he did start to respond with some single-punch jabs.

"Dillian deserves it more than Fury because he's been consistent and Wilder because he's the champion".

And come the fourth round, Povetkin had a significant cut above the left eye. Yet even though all three current champions have their obvious flaws - from Wilder's raw technique to Fury's weight, inactivity and mental state - it's Joshua who seems to absorb the most criticism.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kavanaugh accuser looks to negotiate conditions to testify later next week
Sep 22, 2018 - 16:47
Her lawyers say the professor's life has been turned upside down, having received death threats and been forced out of her home. Trump has rejected ordering Federal Bureau of Investigation involvement, but he has also called for her to "have her say".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Two shark attacks in Australia in ONE DAY at tourist hotspot
Sep 22, 2018 - 16:30
Last February, a Cairns father-of-two nearly died after he was mauled by a shark while spearfishing off Hinchinbrook Island. UPDATE, 3.45pm: RACQ CQ Rescue are en route to Mackay Base Hospital with a 12-year-old shark attack victim on board.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Unknown gunmen 'kill, injure several' in attack on Iranian army parade
Sep 22, 2018 - 15:27
Attacks by Kurdish rebels on military patrols along the border in mainly ethnic Kurdish areas further north are relatively common. Both the Islamic State (IS) and an anti-government Arab group have claimed responsibility for the attack.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Samsung unveils first triple camera smartphone Galaxy A7 (2018)
Sep 22, 2018 - 14:47
As a direct result, we've seen a major rise in popularity with leading brands including Garmin, Fitbit, and even Samsung. Having a variety of differing lenses on your device can make it more suitable to an assortment of shooting conditions.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Moon to brief Trump on inter-Korean summit
Sep 22, 2018 - 13:57
Moon also says he'll convey to Trump his and Kim's desire to get a declaration ending the Korean War by the end of this year. Even if North Korea were to shut down Yongbyon, officials and experts believe it has other secret nuclear facilities.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Oil gains 1 percent on signs OPEC not prepared to boost output
Sep 22, 2018 - 11:47
The potential for a full-blown trade war between the US and China could also undercut demand by reducing economic growth globally. The change in Saudi Arabia's view on prices coincides with some intense oil diplomacy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 3 infants among 5 people stabbed at daycare in NYC
Sep 21, 2018 - 16:23
A police spokesman said victims had "multiple stab wounds", adding they are looking into reports some of the victims are children. One of the children was in serious condition, but none appeared to have sustained life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top SpaceX's 1st traveler is moonstruck Japanese fashion tycoon
Sep 21, 2018 - 16:02
Branson's Virgin Galactic has sold tickets for about $250,000, which is more than the median home price in the United States. And I'm very much looking forward to seeing what different artists getting together could bring to life", he said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Browns break 19-game winless streak at their stadium
Sep 21, 2018 - 14:24
Mayfield caught a pass from Landry on a variant of the Eagles' famous "Philly Special" for a two-point conversion to tie it at 14. He led the comeback by completing 17 passes for 201 yards as Cleveland won for the first time since December 24, 2016.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meghan Markle's mom joins royals for cookbook launch
Sep 21, 2018 - 09:14
The 37-year-old said she was "so proud" to live in a city with London's diversity as she delivered her speech without any notes. Proceeds from the cookbook will allow the women's Hubb Community Kitchen in West London to remain open seven days a week.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Search for landslide victims as Philippines typhoon toll rises
Sep 20, 2018 - 10:16
Three more deaths have been reported in northeastern Cagayan province, where the typhoon made landfall before dawn Saturday. Dozens of residents sought shelter during the storm on Saturday despite warning it was risky .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Man City humbled in 2-1 loss to Lyon in Champions League
Sep 20, 2018 - 08:43
I wouldn't change my players for any others. "We all know how much the Champions League means to him", Arteta said. Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta reckons his clubs multi-talented squad is the best in World Football.

The 6 Best Trade Packages For Jimmy Butler
Sep 20, 2018 - 04:02
Butler only appeared in 59 games with the Wolves, averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2 steals per game. Butler made the request Tuesday in a much-anticipated meeting in Los Angeles with Wolves' coach Tom Thibodeau .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Antonio Brown disciplined by Steelers after no-show
Sep 20, 2018 - 02:58
If the winless Pittsburgh Steelers thought the Le'Veon Bell contract situation was their biggest headache, they might be wrong. The latest comes from Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown , who did not report to work on Monday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Why a federal investigation into the Kavanaugh allegation is far from impossible
Sep 19, 2018 - 20:47
Meanwhile, President Trump dismissed the need for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into her allegations. Blasey Ford's experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton.