Povetkin Credits Joshua For Big Win, Has No Excuses Over Loss

By Igor Lazorin, tass

Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin admitted that IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua was the stronger fighter in their showdown on Saturday night at Wembley in London.

Before a crowd of 80,000 fans, Povetkin was putting in a solid effort and landing more than a handful of punches of Joshua, who was bleeding from his nose and got rattled in the first round.

Povetkin was rocked during the seventh round, and then a series of punches sent him down. He got up, but was soon battered before the referee jumped in to wave off the fight. Povetkin's trainer was coming in to stop the fight as well.


Povetkin, an Olympic gold medal winner and former WBA champion, suffered the first stoppage loss of his pro career. His other defeat, which took place in 2013, was a decision loss to Wladimir Klitschko.

After the fight Povetkin was given some minor medical aid. In particular, a doctor put an oxygen mask on him.

"I want to thank everyone who was concerned and worried about me. I'm all right, I lost the fight. Although I felt like I was leading it, I missed a punch [and then got countered], and then you can't do anything anymore. Joshua was stronger," Povetkin said.

"I feel good," - when he was questioned about his health.

Povetkin's trainer, Andrey Ryabinsky, was proud of his boxer's performance and also gave full credit to Joshua.

"The English public loves it when the fighter fights to the end, even if he loses. Today, Alexander fought to the end, he showed character, and from this point of view there are no complaints. This is boxing," Ryabinsky said.

"Today Joshua turned out to be stronger, and we congratulate him on this, and we'll think about what we're going to do next. The fight was great."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 09-24-2018

I think Pulev is better than Whyte and Takam. Kabayel is also not bad.

Comment by Adamsc151 on 09-24-2018

[QUOTE=JakeTheBoxer;19131142]Chisora has fought better competition than Whyte and Ortiz combined, that is why he has many losses.[/QUOTE] He's definitely a risk taker when it comes to opposition and no-one can ever fault Chisora for that. The problem is there are…

Comment by 1hourRun on 09-23-2018

[QUOTE=steady_p;19131235]Well said, bro. I use that shot too sometimes... But i fight Muay Thai...[/QUOTE] Thank you, I did some kickboxing as a kid myself. [QUOTE=Jkp;19132719]AJ Definitely one of the dirtier fighters out there. Every fight he is "caught red handed"…

Comment by kafkod on 09-23-2018

[QUOTE=1hourRun;19130948][IMG][/IMG] Joshua using the same dirty tactic to land his uppercut ; holding off the hook -- the upper seems to miss or graze Povetkin forcing Alexanders own glove into his face. Yes I threw in that Dime-Piece in there…

Comment by Johnston on 09-23-2018

Went out like a warrior, no excuses. Still believe he beats anyone outside aj and wilder.

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