Anthony Joshua knocks out Kubrat Pulev in ninth-round to retain heavyweight titles.
During the fight “Anthony Joshua” dominated and then floored mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev to score a ninth-round knockout and retain his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday.
With 1,000 ticket-buying fans allowed into the building for the first time at a British fight since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Joshua’s entrance was met by a huge roar from the partisan crowd which was topped each of the four times he drove his Bulgarian adversary into deep trouble.
After a slow feeling-out process, Joshua exploded in the third round with series of hard shots that forced Pulev to back away from his opponent, triggering a standing count. “AJ” then added a good old-fashioned knockdown before the round was over for the 10-7 frame.
However Kubrat was able to shake off the tumultuous stanza and looked to come back into things, only for Joshua’s jab, finesse and variety to keep him comfortably at bay.
A shutout points win appeared to be on the cards until Joshua again hit high, and knocked Pulev out in the ninth-round.