Anthony Joshua proved himself in most people’s eyes as the best heavyweight in the world this weekend after becoming the first man to knock out Russian Alexander Povetkin.
Yes, some people are saying that Povetkin was old and at 39 had seen better days.
But I don’t necessarily buy into that narrative.
Early on in the fight Povetkin looked razor-sharp and rocked Joshua a couple of times, also showing excellent speed and damaging Joshua’s nose.
Povetkin also came in light at weigh-ins so was clearly in tremendous shape for the fight.
When the finish came in round 7, as tough as the Russian fighter is, there was no getting up from this:
What a punch.
No one in the world would have gotten up from that to be fair.
Attention now turns to a super fight for Joshua hopefully next April against Deontay Wilder.
Tyson Fury will have one or two things to say about that of course as he bids to dethrone Wilder this coming December 1st in the US.
The heavyweight division is alive and well.