Joshua retains heavyweight crowns with Povetkin TKO

He cannot afford to be thinking what is going to happen between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. That is not on his mind whatsoever.    Tony Bellew

He cannot afford to be thinking what is going to happen between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. That is not on his mind whatsoever. Tony Bellew

Parker, of course, failed to build on the profile he received in the United Kingdom from their title fight by succumbing to a second successive unanimous points defeat to Dillian Whyte in August.

Now Joshua is one WBC title short of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion. "The only person who can stop that fight happening is Anthony Joshua".

When the fight resumed, Joshua showed no mercy and referee Steve Gray jumped in as the champion landed concussive blows after one minute and 59 seconds of the seventh round. "We will agree terms with Wilder to fight on 13 April if he beats Tyson Fury - if he does not beat Tyson Fury, we have got to look around as we have got a business to run", Hearn told Sportsweek on BBC Radio 5 live. "I should've been down there, I was down there and Sky brought me up to do this, I don't see the point".

"Never", Fury said in a video posted on Instagram.

"I heard it went very well..."

He vowed to regain the world titles "which are rightfully mine" having outpointed Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko to become WBA, IBF and WBO champion in November 2015.

"I have to say the saddest thing ever [is] the British fight fans will never get to see Fury vs Joshua", he said.

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Britain's Anthony Joshua believes his long-awaited clash with fellow world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will take place as it would be "silly not to".

That brought an expletive-laden tweet from Fury, suggesting Joshua was doing everything he could to avoid a fight with the 30-year-old.

'Good luck to Fury, good luck to Wilder, it's a good fight for both of them. He's slow, methodical, ponderous at times.

Povetkin fought like "a f-- animal", according to Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn, the group managing director of Matchroom Sport, and he continued to give Joshua hell in subsequent rounds.

Joshua enjoyed a weight and height advantage going into the fight, not to mention a rowdy home crowd, and was the bookmakers' heavy favorite. Yet Joshua has quietly grown from each performance in ways that may not have been fully realized until Saturday when he held off Povetkin's attacking style by boxing from distance and used quick combinations in close to work his way out of trouble. I can't be bothered any more, worrying about Wilder. "Ask yourself why don't they want this?" The unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champion still has repeatedly declined to predict a victor between Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) and Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs). The Gypsy King, the Dance Master...can you imagine?

Joshua appeared to be in control in the opener, but Povetkin caught Joshua with a sweet three punch combo at the end of the round.

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