Anthony Joshua gave a ruthless display on Saturday as he floored mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev to score a ninth-round knockout and retain his IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Titles.
Even though just 1,000 fans were allowed at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday, Joshua showed a great deal of tenacity as he clearly dominated his Bulgarian opponent from the start until he finally got the win he truly deserves.
The Nigeria-born British boxer floored Pulev heavily on three occasions, twice in the final round, and ended the fight with a vicious right hand.
The explosive performance from Joshua many believe should earn him a fight with WBC ruler Tyson Fury as the Sagamu Boy takes a shot at being the world’s undisputed champion like Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson did in recent past.
Both fighters remain on a collision course to decide an Undisputed Champion in 2021.
Joshua told Sky Sports afterwards: “I started this game in 2013. I’ve been chasing all the belts. I’ve been dealing with mandatories.
“Of course I want the challenge. It’s not about the opponent, it’s about the legacy and the belt. Whoever has got the belt, I would love to compete with them. If that is Tyson Fury, let it be Tyson Fury. It’s no big deal.
“It’s one fight at a time, picking them off one by one. That’s all it’s about for me. I’ve got to stay focused.”
Undefeated WBC champion Fury holds the only major belt outside of Joshua’s grip and a meeting between them would be a delight to watch.
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