Britain's Anthony Joshua (L) defends as Russia's Alexander Povetkin throws a punch during their boxing world Heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium in north west London on September 22, 2018. Povetkin struggled to his feet but Joshua finished him with a brutal right hand that sent him to the deck again as the fight was being waved off.
However, early on it was the smaller challenger who appeared the more inspired by the occasion and he caught the Briton late in the first round with an uppercut on the nose.
Klitschko was the only man to have previously inflicted a blemish on Povetkin's now 36-fight record, with a points win back in 2013.
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However, he slimmed down for his last bout versus Joseph Parker.
"Tell your promoters to give me what I want as well then we can get it on easy".
Promoters Haymon Boxing said in a statement reported by United States media that Wilder and Fury would meet at a venue to be determined. As the bout progressed, 39-year-old Povetkin began to slow down.
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The clamour will now increase for Joshua to face the victor of the December 1 bout between WBC king Deontay Wilder and undefeated former champion Tyson Fury when he returns to this venue on April 13.
It was a mandatory defence that was considered a needless obstacle as the boxing world eyed a unification showdown between Joshua and fellow unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder.
Such concerns were put to bed however as Joshua moved in on his first chance to end Povetkin's challenge in the 7th. The two were working on getting a fight together for this year, but were unable to come to an agreement during their months of negotiations.
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Either way, Joshua is scheduled to have another fight at Wembley Stadium on April 13, 2019, but the opponent has not been decided. There was a lot of pressure, Povetkin is a great fighter.