Boxing fans couldn't stand what Bellew was doing during every round of AJ vs Povetkin

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"Defend and counter, that's the key, that shuts opponents down."

Anthony Joshua made his game plan clear for his heavyweight bout with Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on Saturday night.

Povetkin, who had never been knocked out prior to the fight, is a dangerous boxer whose left hooks have proved particularly effective down the years.

So if AJ was going to notch his 22nd career victory and retain his heavyweight titles, he knew he was going to have to defend and hit back even harder when given the chance.

"I have to beat the fight out of him," the Brit told JD Sports. "I've got to look out for everything. Everything, left hooks, you name it.

"Ultimately it's about how tough they are, how much do you want it? I've got to look at his attributes, take them away and shut him down early."

And shut him down he did. AJ suffered a bloody nose in the opening round but overcame his rocky start to take control and eventually beat Povetkin in an explosive seventh.


A deadly left and right hook combination floored the Russian, who just about got back to his feet before the referee stopped proceedings.

It was a deserved win for Joshua and now the 28-year-old is targeting Deontay Wilder as his next opponent on April 13 next year.


Boxing fans weren't left disappointed with the fight itself, but those who subscribed for £19.95 on Sky Sports did have something to be very angry about during.

Tony Bellew, who is good friends with Joshua, was ringside and all you could hear throughout each round was the Evertonian shouting.

It was as if Sky Sports had given Bellew his own microphone so that everything he said could be heard through the television.

As you can imagine, boxing fans couldn't stand listening to the sound of Bellew's voice constantly for seven rounds. Here's how they reacted.

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