Anthony Joshua Knocks Out Pulev To Retain World Heavyweight Titles (Photos/videos)


British professional boxer, Anthony Joshua, in the early hours of Sunday, December 12, beat Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev, by a knockout in the ninth round to retain his three world heavyweight championship belts after a year away in a title defence.

 

Joshua regained 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 saw both pugilists with lots of single punches, while none of them really managed to get anything special in, but Joshua had the snappier jab. Unbelievable scenes in the third round saw Pulev barely survive a huge AJ onslaught.

 

Although the Bulgarian came out for the third round more active than he was in the first two rounds, Joshua landed a one-two for the first meaningful shot of the round.

 

Then Joshua landed uppercut after uppercut to complement his overhand rights, and Pulev was left barely able to survive.

 


Joshua secured his 22nd knock-out against Pulev, bringing his bout records to 24-1, 22 KOs.


The 31-year-old Briton had looked close to winning when he floored Pulev in the third round but the challenger recovered to test the home favourite in front of a limited crowd of 1,000.


Asked about fighting Fury, Joshua put the question to the audience: “Who wants to see Anthony Joshua fight Tyson Fury in 2021,” he said, to which the crowd roared their approval.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn was eager to get the pair together, saying: “Starting from tomorrow, we make the Tyson Fury fight straight away. It’s the only fight to be made in boxing. It is the biggest fight in British boxing history.”

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