Anthony Joshua has successfully defended four world heavyweight championships after the match against Kubrat Pulev.
Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev roam at the SSE Arena in London, England in a match that should have been played since 2017. Various reasons have delayed the game until now. , and Joshua was required to defend the four heavyweight championships of WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO against a Bulgarian opponent. Pulev has won 28 games (14 knockouts) and lost only once in his career.
Entering this match, both punchers spent the first half to probe the opponent and lure the other side to make a mistake, causing the match to not have many significant phases except Pulev’s not strong left hook. However, Joshua from the second half attacked with a clear intention, using jabs at high speed as well as moving continuously to make Pulev slip more.
The third half saw the first turning point of the match when Joshua was hit by a very strong right hand punch that caused Pulev to fall to the floor, and after he got up, the Bulgarian punched the Bulgarians to take some more of Joshua’s punches and fell again. But in the end still managed to reach the end of the round. That development caused Pulev to play cautiously in the fourth half, devoted mainly to avoiding Joshua’s jab.
In the 5th half there was no difference when Joshua continued to dominate, a punch on his right hand made Pulev staggered but not enough to knock out. But now Pulev started to have very dangerous right hand punches, expressing his intention to knock Joshua down instead of prolonging the match. Joshua got one such punch in the 7th half right after Pulev blocked Joshua’s hook.
But Joshua just waited for the opportunity for Pulev to reveal more loopholes in the defense stage. By the ninth half, a precise jab by Joshua forced Pulev to take a prop, and the British puncher followed up with four consecutive hooks before launching a right hand punch that made Pulev finally hit the floor and couldn’t stand up.
Joshua won the 22nd knockout of his career to lift his record to 24 wins – 1 loss and went on to hold 4 world boxing championships. After defeating Pulev, the door opened for Joshua for a much-awaited match-up with Tyson Fury, who holds the WBC heavyweight championship title.