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