Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-0) continued his dominance in the division Saturday, holding off veteran Alexander Povetkin (34-2) with a seventh-round technical knockout and defending his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles in front of a spirited crowd at Wembley Stadium in London.

For much of the fight, Povetkin appeared to be quite competitive by landing power punches, even causing a bloody nose in the first round. But Joshua, using a steady dose of jabs, would later provide a cut over Povetkin's eye.

Midway through Round 7, with the fight mostly even, Joshua went to work with two hard right hands at about the 1:37 mark. Seconds later, a combination would put Povetkin on the mat. The 39-year-old would beat the eight count, but Joshua would close out the fight. A big right hand at about the 1:00 mark would prompt referee Steve Gray to step in and stop the fight and as Povetkin would then fall back on the mat.

Joshua, fighting in his home country, had the London fans heavily on his side against the Russian. The crowd seemed mostly subdued after the early rounds but quickly turned in the seventh with Joshua's barrage.

Joshua described Povetkin as "a very tough challenger."

"I realized he was strong to the head but I know that he was weak to the body," Joshua said of Povetkin. "So instead of jabbing to the head, I would just switch it up.

"It could have took seven (rounds), maybe nine, maybe 12 rounds to get him out of there. But the ultimate goal was to be victorious tonight."

Up next for Joshua is a potential bout with WBC champion Deontay Wilder in April. Joshua and Wilder are both undefeated champions and the class of the division. Wilder will fight undefeated former champion Tyson Fury on Dec. 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

GettyImages-1037170964 Anthony Joshua faced Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in London. Photo: Jack Thomas/Getty Images