It took three punishing upper cuts and a seismic over hand right from Anthony Joshua in the ninth round to retain his heavyweight boxing titles in a matchup with Kubrat Pulev at the Wembley Arena on Saturday night.
At stake were Joshua’s WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO title belts.
Pundits had predicted an early win for the British Nigerian, who rocked the Bulgarian fighter in round three forcing two mandatory counts but Joshua appeared cautious and allowed Pulev back into the fight though he was clearly ahead on points as he landed jabs and hooks that were largely unreplied.
Joshua exhibited style and confidence as he took control of the fight from the get go and it was a surprise that Pulev lasted that long despite the heavy shots he took from the champion.
The champion’s blistering attack in the ninth left Pulev laid out on the canvas as the referee counted him out
Joshua is now set for a much anticipated showdown with Tyson Fury.
More to follow…