Wembley Stadium, London UK
The first fight was an exciting bout between heavyweights Sergey Kuzmin and David Price for the WBA Intercontinental heavyweight championship. After coming off of a knockout defeat to Alexander Povetkin in March 35 year old David Price accepted this fight with up and coming Sergey Kuzmin with a weeks notice. Both fighters traded big shots that hurt each other during the bout. The fight was called off after the 4th round due to David Price being unable to continue with an arm injury declaring Sergey Kuzmin the winner.
This fight was a rough one for the fighters and the fans featuring a lot of grappling, headbutts and 3 point deductions. The bout was scheduled for 12 rounds between Matty Askin and Lawrence Okolie for the British cruiser weight title. The judges scored a unanimous decision for Lawrence Okolie despite losing 3 points from deductions.
The co-main event featured a rematch between lightweights Luke Campbell and Yvan Mendy, who won a split decision in 2015. Scheduled for 12 rounds the bout was a technically sound match between Mendy and Campbell. The fight saw Mendy looking to come forward and force the action and Campbell controlling using good footwork and jabs to create angles to land combinations. Campbell put on an excellent performance winning a unanimous decision making him the number one contender for the WBC lightweight championship.
Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin lived up to the excitement and expectation with both fighters entering the arena of 80,000 fans accompanied by fireworks. The fight began with Anthony Joshua seeming to be in control of the first round to be hurt at the end of the round by Povetkin. In the second round Povetkin begain to gain confidence and was able to get inside and land power punches to bloody the nose of Joshua. The next few rounds were closely contested with Povetkin continuing to land power punches and Joshua landing more jabs. The fight was changed in the 7th round with Joshua landing a short right hand that badly hurt Povetkin setting up a combination that would put him on the canvas. Alexander Povetkin returned to his feet following the knockdown. Sensing that Povetkin was still hurt AJ went for the kill winning the fight with a TKO stoppage by the referee.
Even though he did not get the victory Alexander Povetkin put on a great performance being able to get inside and land combinations that hurt Joshua. In this fight Anthony Joshua showed that he has what it takes to fight back after being hurt to retain his titles in a fight where he may have been down.
Fight Times wrap-up
The winner of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in December should face Anthony Joshua in April.
Luke Campbell will be a champion in the lightweight division.
Alexander Povetkin should challenge Sergey Kuzmin.
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