23 September, 2018
In London for Saturday's unified heavyweight title showdown between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin, top contender Dillian Whyte spoke to DAZN and revealed a message he received from WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder, telling the Brit they won't be fighting anytime soon. After sending the Russian to the canvas with a left-right combination after hurting him with a big right hand, the referee Steve Gray intervened to rescue Povetkin once he was back on his feet and unable to defend himself from another hurtful barrage of punches.
Povetkin (34-2) suffered just the second defeat and first knockout of his career despite appearing to win some early rounds against Joshua.
Povetkin rocked Joshua again in round two forcing Joshua to hold on.
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Joshua, 28, knocked out Ukrainian Klitschko at Wembley in April 2017 and the 2012 Olympic champion is returning to the national stadium for the first time for his 22nd professional fight.
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Povetkin, 39, served notice of his punching power on the undercard of that bout, with a sickening knockout of Britain's David Price.
Povetkin cut a relaxed and confident figure at the weigh-in with little concern about coming in the much lighter man.
A win that will now pave the way for further speculation regarding a potential unification bout for the heavyweight belts, news that Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are set to fight on December 1 will be of intense interest to Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn alike.
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.
Wilder, an American, versus former champion Fury is widely regarded as a bigger and more significant fight than Joshua's 22nd professional win, but Joshua insists he wants the victor. Joshua may have sustained a broken nose.
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