Anthony Joshua knocks out Kubrat Pulev to retain heavyweight titles

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British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, knocked out Bulgarian boxer, Kubrat Pulev, in the ninth round of their world title bout at the SSE Arena, Wembley, to retain his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles.

The fight is Joshua’s first since reclaiming his belts from Andy Ruiz in December 2019 in Saudi Arabia and was wary about facing off with this dangerous mandatory challenger in Kubrat Pulev.

Both boxers were cautious in the first two rounds with Joshua using more of his jabs while Pulev concentrated mostly on not getting hit by the Brit.

Pulev had been unbeaten in his last eight fights since losing via knockout to Wladimir Klitschko in 2014. The 39-year-old won 28 of his previous 29 with 14 by way of knockout, but he finally met his superior.

Anthony Joshua pulled all the stops in the 9th round, landing a flurry of punches and dominating his opponent completely knocking him down before then finishing the job with a brutal knockout, forcing South African referee, Deon Dwarte to stop the fight.

Joshua’s victory sets up a potential all-British heavyweight unification bout against Tyson Fury in 2021.

Both fighters come into the bout with one loss apiece. Joshua lost his only fight in a shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz in 2019 while Pulev’s only loss was a fifth-round knockout loss in the hands of Wladimir Klitschko in 2014.

 

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