In a battle for the WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA world heavyweight titles, Anthony Joshua, early Sunday morning, knocked down mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, at London’s Wembley Arena, four times to secure a knockout in the ninth round.
They were initially scheduled to fight in 2017, with Pulev being forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury. He was replaced by Carlos Takam, who Joshua stopped. Fast-forward to 2020, a date was set down in June – and later postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The fight started with jabs to the body by both men. It was a jabbing match for the most part, with Joshua having the slight edge. They were back to the jabs in the second. Bulgarian Pulev had Joshua on the back foot.
He was comfortable with boxing off the jab and allowing Pulev to come forward. Joshua began to pick up the pace with his punch output as the round played out.