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Anthony Joshua inflicted the first stoppage defeat of Alexander Povetkin's boxing career on Saturday night. Afterwards the Russian showed off the scars of his defeat on social media to show how much punishment he took.
There's something special about Anthony Joshua fights in Wembley. The British heavyweight's first fight at the national stadium against Wladimir Klitschko was an instant classic and on Saturday night he produced something special in his stoppage of Alexander Povetkin.
Most fans would have been hoping that AJ's fight was against fellow undefeated champion Deontay Wilder but Povetkin was still a dangerous opponent, having never been stopped.
The Russian proved to be even more dangerous than most would have expected and bloodied AJ's nose in the first round whilst piling on the pressure in the early rounds.
It took a solid jaw, a strong mental aptitude and a clear head for the 2012 Olympic champion to come back into the fight and he did it well. By the seventh round AJ was at worst level, but actually all the judges had him ahead.
In the seventh the champ knocked Povetkin down forcing an eight count that could easily have been the end of the fight. The Russian got up but was soon stopped after several more big punches landed.
He took to Instagram to share a video that showed the damage done to his face:
Whilst AJ had to contend with a bloodied nose his opponent had to deal with quite a serious cut to his eye that required stitches after the fight.
The bruises around his face show how big some of the shots he took were as Joshua knocked him down before the eventual stoppage just moments later.
The event at Wembley was another spectacular. The undercard didn't do much to excite but AJ's entrance alone could have been worth the entrance fee before his performance in the ring certainly lived up to its billing.
Joshua is due to fight in Wembley once more in April and again everyone will be hoping that it will be Wilder. Right now it looks more likely that he could be up against Dillian Whyte.
Whoever the opponent is expect it to be exciting.
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