In Johnny successfully applied for his British Professional coaching license. He attempted to knock Juarez down in the 12th and final round with a rain of punches, but his opponent managed to stay on his feet. Both Ito and Chuprakov were aggressive from the opening bell.
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. But after the match resumed, Ito unhesitatingly surged over him and kept throwing blows.
The fight is the first of a two-match deal Joshua has agreed to stage at Wembley Stadium, with the second due to take place in April next year.
Both men had won Olympic gold medals, but it was the youthful energy of the year-old Joshua which proved decisive as Povetkin visibly tired halfway through the contest.
I am not the official champion yet, so I need to keep working hard going forward. I was just mixing it up. Joshua began dictating with his movement from the fourth round and started to find his range with his right hook. Johnny then spent 18 years as an amateur coach, 12 years with West Ham, alongside Micky May, and had coached a high level of national amateur Champions during this time.
That was what did for Povetkin, the WBA mandatory challenger, in the seventh when a fearsome right-hander from Joshua landed square on his jaw and sent the Russian to the canvas. But from the fifth round on, Ito used his jabs more often to give himself room to compete at his own pace.
Referee Laurence Cole was concentrating on a corner, where champion Masayuki Ito was raining punches after punches against Evgeny Chuprakov.
But it still felt great to win and hopefully I can keep this up next year.