By Henry Joshua
Anthony Joshua, popularly known as AJ defeated his opponent, Kubrat Pulev in round 9 by Technical Knockout to retain his WBA, WBO and IBF titles on Saturday December 12, 2020.
The British-Nigerian boxer has successfully defended his title in grand style as he knocked down Pulev multiple times in round 9
The 31-year-old AJ last fought in Saudi Arabia when he won his titles back from Andy Ruiz Jr. in December 2019.
This night against Pulev, not much was seen in the first round as Anthony Joshua stood-off his challenger, wondering why he isn’t all-guns blazing like he was in 2014 vs Klitschko.
In Pound 2, Pulev’s gloves pulled off to the laughs of the Bulgarian as Joshua was the first to really unload to a huge roar from the crowd.
In Round 3, a massive right and then shot after shot after Joshua exploded but Pulev managed to walk away from AJ and was given a count by the official. AJ then scores another knockdown!
There was nothing so spectacular in Round 4, but AJ landed a big right late in the 5th round, but he couldn’t follow up this time as he did in the third.
The 6th Round saw the Bulgarian show some glimpses as he produced more frequency, knowing he needed to be pro-active. Joshua, nonetheless, evaded most of his efforts and has a smile on his face as he initiated counter-jab mode.
In Round 7, AJ reintroduced the straight right/left hook combo a couple of times, combining it with uppercuts, but Pulev did well to soak up the pressure.
AJ put up more aggressive show in Round 8 and it eventually paid off in the following round dropping Pulev for a third time in the fight. And then a fourth; with seconds left in round nine, the official counts Pulev down! Joshua wins by TKO.
Tyson tagged Jones with body shots and a handful of head punches during the bout that marked his return to action after 15 years.
The Baddest man on the Planet wore his traditional black trunks while Jones paid tribute to Kobe Bryant as he wore trunks with Lakers’ yellow and purple.
The fight was an eight two-minute rounds, and both the 54-year-old and the 51-year-old were smiling at the end as proceeds were raised for charity.