Joshua vs. Povetkin: Results, live updates and round-by-round scoring | Boxing

The day is finally here as Anthony Joshua defends his IBF, IBO, WBA (Super) and WBO heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin from Wembley Stadium in London.

The Povetkin fight will be the second time Joshua’s (21-0, 20 KOs) competed in 2018. He gained the WBO title in a unanimous decision victory over Joseph Parker in April. The fight marked the first time in Joshua’s professional career that he went the distance. 

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Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs) won the WBA title from Cedric Boswell in Dec. 2011. The 2004 Olympic gold medalist went on to make four title defenses before losing to Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision in October 2013. 

You have two of the best heavyweights in the world — who happen to both be Olympic gold medalists — battling in front of an expected crowd of 80,000-plus for the heavyweight championship of the world. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Sporting News will be providing blow-by-blow coverage of Joshua vs. Povetkin beginning at the top of the hour.

(All times Eastern.)

Joshua vs. Povetkin results

Undercard action

3:16 p.m.: Surprised a point hasn’t been deducted for holding for Okolie. Getting ridiculous. Anytime Okolie throws a shot, he holds. Askin continues to look at the ref and wondering why he isn’t doing anything about it.

3:06 p.m.: Fight getting dirty as Askin just got warned for low blows. The referee is starting to get agitated. Askin needs to capitalize on the mistakes Okolie’s making. Okolie keeps coming forward and getting off-balance, leaving himself wide open for counters.

3:00 p.m.: Referee takes a point away from Okolie for a headbutt in the fifth round. Emotions are getting the best of the 25-year-old. The veteran tactics of Askin are getting the best of him. After the round, his corner needs to tell him to relax, be loose and go there and start to take control as Askin is winning so far. If it goes to a decision, that point could loom to be large.

2:56: Anthony Joshua has arrived.

2:48 p.m.: Don’t like Okolie continuing to hold Askin. Needs to stay on outside and use the jab. Been effective when he’s actually done it.

2:36 p.m.: Coming up at Joshua vs. Povetkin, Matty Askin defends the British Commonwealth cruiserweight title against Lawrence Okolie. Askin (23-3-1, 15 KOs) successfully defended the belt for the first time back in March, stopping Stephen Simmons in the second round. Okolie (9-0, 7 KOs) beat Luke Watkins by third round TKO back in June. A big step up in competition for Okolie, who needs to stay composed and not let the moment get to him.

2:25 p.m.: Fans not happy with David Price.

Sergey Kuzmin makes David Price retire on the stool

2:19 p.m.: Kuzmin def. Price by fourth-round TKO when Price didn’t come out for the fifth round. Kuzmin used his power to control the first two rounds, but Price seemed to rebound in the third to get himself back into it. Nothing out of the ordinary seemed to occur in the fourth round to where Price would have hurt his arm. It appeared Price’s trainer pulled him and said he had enough. Price said after the fight he felt like he broke his arm and would like a rematch with Kuzmin when he’s healthy. An unfortunate setback.

Good win for Kuzmin, beating a former world title challenger. He remains unbeaten in 14 fights (13-0, one no-contest, 10 KOs).

2:13 p.m.: Give SN’s combat sports editor Andreas Hale a follow as he’s cageside for all of today’s action and break everything down inside Wembley Stadium.

2:08 p.m.: Entertaining third round. Price caught Kuzmin coming in and connected on a flush straight right hand. The Brit followed up with a combination, but Kuzmin survived the flurry. Decent action so far with Kuzmin ahead.

1:58: Up next at Joshua vs. Povetkin, Sergey Kuzmin takes on David Price in heavyweight action. Kuzmin (12-0-1,  one no-contest 9 KOs) is a rising contender in the heavyweight division and comes off a sixth round knockout victory of Jeremiah Karpency in April. Price (22-4, 18 KOs) took the fight on a week’s notice. In his last time out, he got knocked out in the fifth round by Povetkin. Should be a showcase fight for Kuzmin considering the circumstances. Price knows he desperately needs a win to stay relevant in the division.

Shakram Giyasov blasts Julio Laguna by fourth-round TKO

1:48 p.m.: Giyasov def. Laguna via fourth-round TKO. Giyasov caught Laguna with several shots, before dropping him with a solid right hook seconds into the fourth round. The ref saw enough of the welterweight bout to end the action, giving Giyasov the impressive win. Heavyweight action between David Price and Sergey Kuzmin is up next. Wembley is going to be rocking a few hours from now!

1:30 p.m.: SN’s combat sports editor Andreas Hale spoke with Anthony Joshua earlier this week to preview the fight.

Joshua vs. Povetkin fight card

  • Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin for Joshua’s IBF, IBO WBA and WBO Heavyweight titles
  • Luke Campbell vs. Yvan Mendy; Lightweights
  • Marty Askin vs. Lawrence Okolie for Askin’s British Cruiserweight title
  • Sergey Kuzmin vs. David Price, 10 rounds; Heavyweights
  • Shakhram Giyasov vs. Julio Laguna, 6 rounds; Welterweights
  • Dana Zaxo vs. Tony Bilic; Light Heavyweights

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