Anthony Joshua has scored a ninth round knockout against Kubrat Pulev to retain his world heavyweight titles.
Joshua who went into the match as favourite put his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight championship belts on the line against Pulev who was only an IBF mandatory challenger.
The bout took place at the Wembley Arena and lasted for nine rounds when the Brit landed his knockout punch on the Bulgarian to bring finality to an interesting match.
The fight started off with both men being very cautious with Pulev responding to Joshua’s earlier punch with a jab.
The heat went up in the third round with Joshua scoring a knockdown over Pulev who got up to hold his ground with some fierce punches on Joshua.
Joshua however was not shaken by the Bulgarian’s barrage of punches and hit Pulev with four uppercuts which sent him to the canvas.
Pulev saw his fate in the ninth round when the dominant Joshua ended the fight with a knockout blow which the Bulgarian could not recover from.
The fight was Joshua’s first in two years in the United Kingdom (UK) thereby setting the stage for the much anticipated fight between him and fellow Brit Tyson Fury (in 2021) who holds the WBC belt after his famous win over America’s Deontay Wilder.
Sharing his remarks on the Pulev fight, Joshua said: “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!”
Now all the heavyweight titles are in the camps of Joshua and Fury and the world cannot wait to see who becomes the Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion in 2021.