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Anthony Joshua knocks out Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles

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Nigerian-born Anthony Joshua retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) heavyweight titles, with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday.

A previously close contest turned in Joshua’s favour decisively, when he sent the Russian crashing to the canvas, with a straight right hand and left hook.

Povetkin regained his feet, but Joshua resumed with a barrage of punches.

It forced referee Steve Gray to stop the contest at one minute and 59 seconds of the seventh round.

Victory saw Joshua, the London 2012 Olympic champion, extend his unbeaten professional record to 22 wins from 22 fights, with 21 knockouts.

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Floyd Mayweather maintains unbeaten record

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Boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather on Monday trounced Japanese kick-boxing star Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout in the first round of a New Year’s Eve “exhibition” bout that brought the US boxing superstar out of retirement.

Mayweather floored Nasukawa, who is less than half his age, three times in the first round of the three-round contest before the Japanese fighter’s trainer rushed in to stop the fight.

The American boxer at first appeared not to be taking the fight seriously, grinning at his opponent and aiming only soft punches at him.

But he then demonstrated his power, launching a series of jabs and hooks to the head of the 20-year-old Japanese fighter, sending him to the canvas after just one minute.

Sensing his opponent was struggling, Mayweather stepped in for the kill, unleashing a flurry of punches that left Nasukawa reeling again within just two minutes of the bout and facing his second standing count.

With the Japanese fighter clearly struggling to stay on his feet, the trainer rushed in and stopped the fight with just one minute of the first round remaining.

The 41-year-old Mayweather carried more than 4kg weight advantage into the ring.

The rules were very strictly defined: three, three minute bouts and boxing only — kickboxer Nasukawa was reportedly facing a $5 million fine if he aimed a kick at Mayweather.

There were no judges, with only a knockout or technical knockout considered a victory in the bout, promoted as a pure exhibition match.

Crucially, the match did not feature on the record of either man, allowing them both to retain a cherished unbeaten record.

“It was all about entertainment. We had fun. The fans in Japan, they wanted this to happen, so I said why not. Once again, I’m still retired, I’m still 50-0, Tenshin is a great champion,” Mayweather said in the ring following his win.

The 41-year-old American had earlier intimated on Instagram that he would be paid $9 million for the fight, which was scheduled for three rounds.

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‘I had a head cold’ – Anthony Joshua reveals illness

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Nigerian-born British boxer, Anthony Joshua, said he had felt like a gust of wind would knock him down ahead of his successful world heavyweight title defence last Saturday, uniquesports.com.ng reports. (more…)

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Mayweather confirms he’s coming out of retirement to fight Pacquiao this year

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Floyd Mayweather has announced he will return to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. (more…)

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