Three world heavyweight championship belts have been retained by the British, Nigerian born Champion, Anthony Joshua after knocking out his mandatory challenger, Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev in the ninth round of the boxing bout.
The winning is coming after a year away in a title defence. Joshua, born to Nigerian parents, beat the Bulgarian at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday morning, to hand Pulev his second defeat in his professional boxing career.
Recall that Anthony Joshua retained the WBA, WBO, and IBF titles in a rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. last December in Saudi Arabia, after being stopped by the Mexican-American in an upset at Madison Square Garden that summer.
The first round witnessed lots of single punches from both without any special hit but, Joshua had some sharp jabs at Pulev.
Pulev barely survived as Joshua came down huge on him in the third round.
Joshua landed a one-two for the first meaningful shot of the round,
however, the Bulgarian came out for the third round more active than he was in the first two rounds,
It was when Joshua landed an uppercut after uppercut to complement his overhand rights, that left Pulev weakened and barely able to survive.
Joshua secured his 22nd knock-out against Pulev, bringing his bout records to 24-1, 22 KOs.
According to the Cable report; ‘the 31-year-old uppercut was the story of this bout because he worked the body and the head with jabs, but when the opportunity presented itself, Joshua destroyed Pulev — an amazingly tough man — with an uppercut to floor the Bulgarian in the ninth round.’
The winning jab came when Joshua landed a right-hand flush on Pulev’s chin, having just got up from the first knockdown in the ninth round.
The world heavyweight champion put on a show at the Wembley Arena in London against the experienced Bulgarian to set up his clash with Tyson Fury in 2021.
“Less talk, more action,” Joshua said after the bout.
“I hope everyone was satisfied tonight. For me, I stuck to what I know best, boxing. You ask the crowd what they want to see!”
Joshua also said he wants Tyson Fury next.
“I’ve been chasing the belts since I started this. It’s not about the man; it’s about the belt and the legacy. If it’s Tyson Fury with the WBC belt, then let it be Tyson Fury!” he added.
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