HOW DO YOU AS­SESS AN­THONY JOSHUA’S PER­FOR­MANCE AGAINST ALEXAN­DER POVETKIN?

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Wayne Alexan­der For­mer EBU cham­pion

Povetkin was Joshua’s most dan­ger­ous op­po­nent yet and all fight­ers can get stunned or hurt. Joshua showed he can come through that and still win in­side the dis­tance. I re­ally hope the fans get what they want next year and get to see him fight the win­ner of Wilder vs. Fury.

Nigel Wright For­mer English cham­pion

For me, Joshua didn’t look great at the weigh in – he looked a lit­tle drawn – so maybe some­thing was un­der­ly­ing there? It’s quite sim­ple: when Joshua opens up, he is ca­pa­ble of tak­ing any­one out, but he is vul­ner­a­ble him­self and can be hurt like he was early against Povetkin.

De­clan Tay­lor Box­ing jour­nal­ist

He has boxed bet­ter – against Joseph Parker, for in­stance – but he showed an abil­ity to main­tain his com­po­sure un­der duress and then turn a fight on its head through sheer power. We learned much about his char­ac­ter – and also about what ap­pears to be a very good chin.

Ryan Walsh Bri­tish 126lbs cham­pion

In one word: solid. AJ im­presses me be­cause he’s clearly a stu­dent of the game. He’s tick­ing boxes ev­ery fight. I see im­prove­ments each fight. He dealt with an ex-olympic gold medal­list and a sea­soned pro very well.

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