British – Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua floored his mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, in the ninth round to retain his WBA ( Super ) , IBF, WBO , and IBO heavyweight titles .
The fight is Joshua’s first since reclaiming his belts from Andy Ruiz in December 2019 in Saudi Arabia .
On Sunday morning, he pummelled Pulev to hand the Bulgarian only his second defeat in his professional boxing career.
Both boxers were cautious in the first two rounds with Joshua using more of his jabs .
Joshua secured his 22nd knock-out against Pulev, bringing his bout records to 24-1, 22 KOs.
Pulev has been unbeaten in his last eight fights since losing via knockout to Wladimir Klitschko in 2014 . The 39 -year -old won 28 of his previous 29 with 14 by way of knockout .
South African referee Deon Dwarte stopped the fight after the ninth round knock down .
Joshua worked the body and the head with jabs and when the opportunity presented itself, Joshua destroyed Pulev with an uppercut to floor the Bulgarian in the 9th round.
“I hope everyone was satisfied tonight. For me, I stuck to what I know best, boxing. You ask the crowd what they want to see,” Joshua said after the fight.
Joshua’ s victory sets up a potential all -British heavyweight unification bout against Tyson Fury in 2021 .