Anthony Joshua’s 24th success from 25 expert battles sets up the possibility of a mouth-watering unification conflict one year from now with Tyson Fury who holds the WBC belt.
World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua created an overwhelming completion to take out Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev close to the furthest limit of the ninth round to hold his IBF, WBO and WBA belts at Wembley Arena on Saturday.
The 31-year-old Briton had looked near winning when he amazed Pulev in the third round yet the challenger recuperated to test the home top choice before a restricted horde of 1,000.
However, there was never be a way out for the challenger in the ninth round as Joshua handled a clubbing right upper-slice which sent Pulev to the canvas. The 39-year-old got up however Joshua associated with another straight right hand to end the challenge.
The boss’ 24th success from 25 expert battles sets up the possibility of a mouth-watering unification conflict one year from now with individual Briton Tyson Fury who holds the WBC belt.
Gotten some information about battling Fury, Joshua put the inquiry to the crowd: “Who needs to see Anthony Joshua battle Tyson Fury in 2021,” he stated, to which the group thundered their endorsement.
Joshua’s advertiser Eddie Hearn was anxious to get the pair together, saying: “Beginning from tomorrow, we make the Tyson Fury battle straight away. It’s the lone battle to be made in boxing. It is the greatest battle in British boxing history.”
The Joshua-Pulev battle, which was initially booked for the Tottenham Hotspur Football Stadium in June however deferred because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was captivating, if not a work of art.
Pulev’s just annihilation in his past 29 challenges came in 2014 against Wladimir Klitschko and the dirty Bulgarian demonstrated a commendable challenger for Joshua’s belts.
After a cagey opening round, Joshua released an amazing blend in the second, which was welcomed with a smile by Pulev. There was no grinning from the Bulgarian in the third round however as he strolled onto a correct upper cut.
Joshua looked one punch away from completing it yet Pulev some way or another endure a surge to make it to the chime.