British boxer Anthony Joshua has defeated Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin to retain his WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

Joshua started on a slow pace, getting caught with a hook on the nose by the challenger in the first round. He however came back in the third, inflicting a cut across the left-eye of the 39-year-old then picked up in the fourth and fifth.

And it was a series of accurate combinations which did it in the seventh round, first with an overhand right and then some big lefts.

The victory makes it 22 unbeaten professional fights for the Nigerian-born boxer, who will most likely face Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury next.

“Povetkin is a very tough challenger, he proved that tonight with good left hooks and counter punches,” he said.

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“I came in here to have fun, and give it my best, I knew he was strong to the head but weak to the body. I was just mixing it up.

“It could have been seven, maybe nine, maybe 12 rounds to get him out of there. But the ultimate aim was to be victorious

“I got my knockout streak back.”

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said: “Tonight is out of the way, let’s figure out what is happening on April 13.

“I’m not too bothered, good luck to the both of them but let’s see who comes out on top and hopefully we’ll have a good dust-up on April 13.”

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