‘I play a smart game and I make the right moves at the right time’: Anthony Joshua explains that he outsmarted Kubrat Pulev during knockout win
- Anthony Joshua beat Kubrat Pulev via a ninth round stoppage on Saturday night
- The Briton is now one step closer to taking on countryman Tyson Fury in 2021
- He dominated the fight before securing the knockout in the latter rounds
Anthony Joshua has said that he outsmarted Kubrat Pulev during his ninth-round stoppage win on Saturday night.
Joshua produced a devastating ninth-round stoppage of Kubrat Pulev to start the second defence of his reign as world heavyweight champion in style.
The Briton dominated throughout at Wembley’s SSE Arena and a stunning combination finally saw off the valiant efforts of the challenger, who had been down three times before at the fourth time of asking could not make the count.
Anthony Joshua celebrates after defeating Kubrat Pulevat Wembley Arena on Saturday night
A crowd returned to live boxing for the first time and their hero was back too with a vital win
‘What can I say, this is the fight game, at the same time I’m not in competition with anyone apart from myself,’ he said following the fight.
‘I’m staying true to myself, learning every day, I get older, I get wiser, I learn that this boxing game is chess and not checkers. I play a smart game and I make the right moves at the right time.
‘Round nine, I got the knockout and onto the next. It’s always good to see some great boxing,’ he told Sky Sports later in the night.
‘The UK is a great place, so many great fighters. I am proud of Anthony Joshua, and it’s lights, camera, action. ‘He is one of the best heavyweights out there. Got a gold medal before. His career is going great, he is a hell of a fighter. ‘Anything can happen in the sport of boxing, one shot can change it all. He is a great fighter, hell of a guy a gentleman and I respect his craft.
The 31-year-old knocked Pulev down more than once before earning an impressive stoppage