Anthony Joshua has beaten Bulgarian, Kubrat Pulev, to retain his world heavyweight titles at the SSE Arena, London on Saturday.
The British-Nigerian boxer knocked out Pulev in the ninth round of their world title bout.
Joshua defended his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles during the encounter with a win guaranteeing him a chance to face Tyson Fury in an all-British boxing bout in 2021.
The fight is Joshua’s first since reclaiming his belts from Andy Ruiz in December 2019 in Saudi Arabia.
In front of 1,000 fans with attendance limited due to coronavirus restrictions, Joshua ensured there was no repeat of a shock defeat in his first clash with Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 as the 39-year-old Pulev was swotted aside.
Both fighters came into the bout with one loss apiece. Joshua lost his only fight in a shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz in 2019 while Pulev’s only loss was a fifth-round knockout loss in the hands of Wladimir Klitschko in 2014.
Joshua could have had victory wrapped up within three rounds after Pulev was given a count by the referee twice when the Bulgarian was left flailing on the ropes by an explosive burst of punches from Joshua.
In round nine, three uppercuts in quick succession put Pulev back on the canvas and this time he did not get back up in time as Joshua took his career record to 24-1.