'Ice cold': Boxing world erupts over 'brutal' Anthony Joshua KO

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Pictured here, Anthony Joshua celebrates his heavyweight title fight victory against Kubrat Pulev.
Anthony Joshua retained his heavyweight titles with a savage ninth round KO against Kubrat Pulev. Pic: DAZN/Getty

Anthony Joshua has retained his heavyweight titles with a stunning ninth round knockout victory against Kubrat Pulev.

The Englishman looked dominated the fight and looked to have the victory wrapped up in the third round after sending his Bulgarian opponent to the canvas.

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Pulev managed to regroup but always looked up against it despite taking Joshua deep into the contest.

The Brit's power and class eventually prevailed as he landed the powerful KO blow on Puelv in the ninth round to retain his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts.

Pulev, like Joshua, had suffered only one loss as a professional going into Saturday’s bout at Wembley - a knockout by Wladimir Klitschko in 2014.

Joshua, who defeated Klitschko, had not fought at home since he beat Alexander Povetkin in 2018.

The 31-year-old’s win sets up the mouthwatering prospect of an all-English heavyweight unification bout against Tyson Fury, who holds the WBC belt.

Joshua’s brutal finish to the fight, where he hurt Pulev with a big uppercut, before finishing him off with a massive straight right, left fight fans in awe.

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The 31-year-old Briton was close to winning when he floored Pulev in the third round after a sweet right hand but the challenger recovered to test the home favourite in front of a limited crowd of 1,000.

Pulev, 39, remained dangerous, without causing Joshua many anxious moments, but there was no escape in the ninth.

Joshua landed a clubbing right upper-cut which sent Pulev to the canvas.

Anthony Joshua can be seen here hitting Kubrat Pulev with a big right uppercut.
Anthony Joshua had too much class for Kubrat Pulev in their heavyweight showdown. Pic: Getty

The Bulgarian got back to his feet but it was lights out moments later when Joshua connected with another huge right hand to end the contest.

Attention has now turned to the expected showdown between Joshua and Fury, in what would be one of the biggest fights in British boxing history.

An agreement in principle for Joshua and WBC champion Fury to finally go head-to-head has been in place since earlier this year.

This week, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn said he was "as close to 100 per cent" as he could be that the much-anticipated bout would happen next year.

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