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Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev – live results

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By Mark Eisner: Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev live fight results from their DAZN and Sky Box Office card at the SSE Arena in Wembley, England:

IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) stopped a very old looking IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev (28-2, 14 KOs) in the ninth round on Saturday night. Joshua dropped the 39-year-old Pulev twice in rounds three and two more times in the ninth to get the stoppage.

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The fight was halted after Joshua flattened Pulev with a straight right hand to the head in the ninth. The time of the stoppage was at 2:57 of round nine. Moments before that, Joshua had knocked Pulev down with a right uppercut.

In the 8th, Joshua had Pulev repeatedly uppercuts and discovered that the Bulgarian had no defense for that weapon.

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IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) will be battling his IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) in the headlining spot tonight on Sky Box Office pay-per-view and DAZN in London, England.

Pulev looking to pull off an upset

Joshua, 30, and Pulev were supposed to fight three years ago in Wales, but the Bulgarian fighter Kubrat had to pull out the week of the fight with an injury.

Surprisingly, Pulev was able to work his way back into another mandatory spot and wait patiently for two years before finally getting the title shot tonight.

Pulev has visibly aged in the last three years, and he looks every bit of his 39 years, if not more, but he’s still fighting at a high level and seems to have a lot left in the tank.

Joshua will be coming off a usually long 12-month layoff when he enters the ring tonight against Pulev, as he’s been sitting on the shelf since December 2019 due to the pandemic.

The 2012 Olympic gold medalist Joshua last fought against Andy Ruiz Jr in beating him by an impressive 12 round unanimous decision in Saudi Arabia.

It was a good fight by Joshua, who changed his fighting style and looked like a duplicate of Wladimir Klitschko. That style of movement, clinching, and jabbing worked perfectly for Joshua to defeat the rotund 283-pound Ruiz.

Joshua has lost a year of his career due to the pandemic, and he missed out on two fights by sitting on the sidelines through no fault of his own.

For his part, Pulev last fought in November 2019, defeating journeyman Rydell Booker by a 10 round unanimous decision in Fresno, California.

The scores were 98-92, 99-91, and 98-92. Pulev has lost nine pounds since then, weighing in at 239 pounds last Friday for the Joshua fight.

Other fights on tonight’s card on DAZN and Sky Box Office:

  • Lawrence Okolie vs. Nikodem Jezewski
  • Hughie Fury vs. Mariusz Wach
  • Martin Bakole vs. Sergey Kuzmin


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