Anthony Joshua retains world heavyweight titles with KO of Kubrat Pulev – Tyson Fury next?

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Anthony Joshua retained his world heavyweight titles with a ninth-round knockout of Kubrat Pulev, potentially setting up an all-British fight against Tyson Fury to be undisputed champion of boxing’s marquee division.

Joshua had already knocked down Pulev three times when he unleashed a right hook that sent the 39-year-old Bulgarian to the canvas once again.

Anthony Joshua lands a punch on Kubrat Pulev during their title fight in London.

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Anthony Joshua lands a punch on Kubrat Pulev during their title fight in London.

This time, Pulev couldn’t get up.

After months of boxing fights in empty British venues, up to 1,000 spectators – a limited number that included boxing royalty in Floyd Mayweather – were inside Wembley Arena to see Joshua make his first defence of the WBA, IBF, WBO titles since regaining them in a rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr.

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Now he has done away with the durable but one-dimensional mandatory challenge of Pulev, Joshua can turn to his ultimate goal of being undisputed champion – the first in the heavyweight division since Lennox Lewis in 1999.

Anthony Joshua celebrates defending his heavyweight titles.

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Anthony Joshua celebrates defending his heavyweight titles.

He has an agreement in principle with Tyson Fury, the WBC champion, for a two-fight deal in 2021 to unify all four titles in an all-British blockbuster. It would be one of the biggest fights in living memory, certainly the biggest in British boxing history.

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