WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua scored a spectacular ninth round knockout against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night before 1,000 socially distanced fans at the SSE Arena outside London.
After two slow rounds, 8:1 favorite Joshua dropped Pulev twice in round three. AJ was content to outbox Pulev in rounds four thru eight, he then dropped Pulev again in round nine.
Pulev beat the count, but Joshua connected with a big right hand to put him down for the count. The time was 2:58.
The 31-year-old Nigerian-born English boxer was fighting for the first time since regaining his belts from Andy Ruiz Jr with a points victory last December.