Anthony Joshua One Step Closer to Tyson Fury Fight

Anthony Joshua dominated mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev over the weekend.

The champ floored Pulev to score a ninth-round knockout and retain his IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO Heavyweight World Titles. The two fought at The SSE Arena, Wembley in the U.K. on Saturday.

The event was live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and Ireland and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than 200 countries and territories on its just-launched Global platform.

One thousand fans watched the event live. It was the first time a crowd was allowed into the building for a British fight since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Joshua’s entrance was met by a live boxing starved U.K. crowd that let out a huge roar for their champion.

Joshua floored Pulev heavily on three occasions, twice in the final round, and ended the fight with a vicious right hand.

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The explosive performance demanded the attention of WBC champ, Tyson Fury. The two remain on a collision course to decide an Undisputed Champion in 2021.

“I started this game in 2013. I’ve been chasing all the belts. I’ve been dealing with mandatories, ” Joshua told Sky Sports.

“Of course I want the challenge. It’s not about the opponent, it’s about the legacy and the belt. Whoever has got the belt, I would love to compete with them. If that is Tyson Fury, let it be Tyson Fury. It’s no big deal.

“It’s one fight at a time, picking them off one by one. That’s all it’s about for me. I’ve got to stay focused.”

“There’s been a lot of talk,” Chairman of Matchroom Sports, Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports. “As he said, it’s less talk, more action. Since he came into the office, he wanted to be the Undisputed Champion of the World.

“We’re going to be friendly, we’re going to be nice. We know what we have to do. Starting from tomorrow, we make the Tyson Fury fight straight away.

“It’s the only fight to be made in boxing. It’s the biggest fight in boxing. It’s the biggest fight in British boxing history.”

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The blemish on Joshua’s record seems to be a thing of the past. A win over Fury elevates him to undisputed No. 1 in the world.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.