Anthony Joshua held his IBF, WBA (Super), and WBO titles in style with a staggering ninth-round knockout of Kubrat Pulev at Wembley’s SSE Arena in London on Saturday night before 1,000 fans.
It was all Joshua from the initial chime as he worked behind the poke and would not permit Pulev to discover a cadence. After two moderately tame rounds, Joshua dumped a colossal right hand that shook his rival. Pulev grinned yet Joshua understood what he had before him and dispatched a flood of punches with terrible goals. Pulev diverted his back from the discipline as the ref began a mean the primary knockdown. Pulev got back to activity and was met with a couple of uppercuts that sent him to the tangle.
Joshua stayed quiet behind a sharp hit until he discovered his opening again in the ninth round when he released a group of four uppercuts, the last one sending his adversary to the canvas. Pulev (28-2) would rise however was obviously on insecure legs. Joshua exploited his injured adversary and cut free a draw counter right hand that cleared Pulev out. The ref superfluously finished the tally to 10 and made sure about Joshua the triumph at 2:58 of the round.