Anthony Joshua has knocked out Kubrat Pulev to retain heavyweight champion belts (IBO, WBA, IBF and WBO World Heavyweight titles). Victorious Joshua took out his Belgian opponent Kubrat Pulev in the 9th round.
The British Nigerian born champion dictated the fight from round one to the ninth when Pulev was knocked out. He dealt heavy punches on his Bulgarian challenger from the beginning to the end.
Three quick successive uppercuts set up Kubrat Pulev going down for the second time and taking his third count of the fight in the ninth round.
Joshua could have ended the fight earlier in the third round as he landed heavy punches on Pulev that brought him down.
In the third round, Joshua landed in those right hands and shuddering uppercuts, with Pulev hurt.
Somehow he made it back to his feet and to the safety of the bell, with some shots going in after the round had ended.
The few fans, about 1000 granted access to Wembley Arena saw a blend of the boxing skills and crushing punches that have helped build Joshua into the formidable attraction that he is at the moment.
After the third round, Joshua became cautious and allowed Pulev to gradually crawled back into the fight, but it was a matter of time before the deed was done, as he continued to dictate the pace of the fight.
In the 5th round, Pulev continued to take heavy punches to the head and continued to rock, but he kept trying to come forward.
By the time the fight was over, Pulev had been brutally knocked down three times, twice in the ninth round and once in the third round.
The figh was a classic performance from Anthony Joshua who is looking to fight Tyson Fury, WBC heavyweight champion next.