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Johnny Nelson spotted a difference in Joshua during fight week and after Povetkin win

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-09-25 19:48:16

British boxing superstar Anthony Joshua added to his undefeated record in style after a dominant display against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday.

Prior to the fight, many drew attention to the fact the Russian had never been finished before. However, AJ was ready for a brawl, knocking out Povetkin in the seventh round.

Joshua had recovered from a tough first round that saw him suffer from what looked to have been a broken nose. Povetkin came out swinging in the opening moments, not letting the significant size difference have as much an impact as many predicted.

The knockout was Joshua's 21st of his career, and his second at Wembley after 2017's monster fight against Wladimir Klitschko.

After a fourth successive stadium fight, Joshua has become a household name - and it's not solely due to his charming smile.

Following this Saturday's success, experts and fighters in the boxing world have chimed in on Joshua's impressive performance.

Sky Sports pundit Johnny Nelson said: "I think he boxed completely different than any other of his fights we've seen.

"He had to box with patience, pause and had to be calm when he was under pressure because he knew Povetkin was dangerous.

"We saw him box like a champion, who is no longer a work in progress. His learning is now done."

Nelson, who was keeping a close eye on AJ throughout the build-up to the fight, did notice a slightly different mentality in the heavyweight compared to many of his previous bouts but insists it should stand him in for good stead for future challenges.

He added: "I saw the anger in him in earlier in the week and I saw that again, even in his post-fight interview.

"He wasn't messing around when it came to Deontay Wilder, and it proved he is not up for all that chat. He is a champion and he not only boxed like one, but behaved like an established one."

Meanwhile, former super-middleweight champion Carl Froch agreed that Joshua showed everything expected from a champion.

He said: "I've seen his resilience and his ability to recover from shots and still keep that self-belief and stick to the gameplan. We all saw that in the Klitschko fight, he had a couple of sticky moments against Takam and put on a clinical shout-out performance against Joseph Parker.

"But this had a bit of everything.

"His nose was broken early on and although he didn't go down. He looked shaky on his legs, but he did turn it around. He showed a lot of maturity."

Finally, another fighter in action this year is Liverpool's Tony Bellew. The Cruiserweight faces off against Oleksandr Usyk in November, and also had his say on Joshua's performance.

He said: "In there he showed me he learned from the Parker fight but he knows how to close a show.

"He's a patient fighter and dangerous and there aren't many of them around.

"He wasn't 100 per cent and that was the sign of a true champion; a man who performs even when he's not at his best."

Joshua didn't hesitate after the fight to address who his next opponent could be. He told fans that his next fight will be against someone they want to see him come up against.

For months, a fight between Joshua and Deontay Wilder had been rumoured to have been in the works.

With Wilder confirmed to be facing off against Tyson Fury on December 1, it wouldn't be surprising to see Joshua face off against the winner of the fight in April.

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