Tyson Fury calls out Anthony Joshua following Alexander Povetkin fight

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"That's why I've got to put on my dancing shoes and be sharp with my feet", said Joshua after the last face-to-face appearance between the two before they meet in the ring.

Klitschko was the only man to have previously inflicted a blemish on Povetkin's now 36-fight record, with a points win back in 2013.

The dominant win was just what Joshua needed after his two biggest rivals, fellow Briton Tyson Fury and WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder, announced they have signed contracts to fight December 1.

Anthony Joshua retained his International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight titles with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at London's Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

It was the English boxer's sixth defence of his IBF title, third of the WBA and first of the WBO, while the Russian Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs) suffered his second professional defeat, first by stoppage.

Povetkin, the mandatory WBA challenger and like Joshua a past Olympic gold medallist, had weighed in for his previous fight against Britain's David Price at 16 stones five pounds.

He added: 'I don't know this is boxing it's a amusing thing - he may need surgery after what happened to his nose.

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"Hopefully, it's me next, I'm here and ready to fight".

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, would prefer Wilder over Fury (27-0, 19 KOs), 30, and says he wants a deal agreed by December 1. "I have got to be on my A game", he said.

But if we're being honest, a big part of what has made this new era so much fun, featuring three super heavyweights all standing above 6-foot-6 and all now claiming at least a piece of the heavyweight crown, has been how incredibly vulnerable each can be despite their obvious talent.

The venue and date of Joshua's next fight have always been determined - Wembley Stadium on April 13 - but the opponent is still unclear.

"I want Deontay Wilder to win that fight because it's the biggest in the world", Hearn said. So at the end of the day, we have to fight each other. In terms of April, if we want the fight to happen then, Wilder must win.

Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs), 39, was impressively aggressive and consistently unsafe with left hooks and overhand rights. "Never", Fury said in a video posted on Instagram. "It may have took seven rounds, 10 rounds or 12 rounds, but ultimately I'm going to be victorious because I know how to dig in".

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