Anthony Joshua will defend his unified WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles in opposition to Kubrat Pulev on Saturday evening at Wembley Enviornment.
AJ should face his IBF obligatory challenger, who has a report of 28-1 (14 KOs).
Pulev’s sole defeat got here in opposition to Wladimir Klitschko on November 15, 2014.
That is the Bulgarian’s solely world title combat up to now and noticed him laid out flat on his again after 5 rounds.
Nonetheless, Pulev did emerge from the bout with a good quantity of credit score.
Lots of Klitschko’s title defences underwhelmed by way of drama and pleasure, whereas Pulev compelled a firefight from the opening bell.
The bout started with Pulev on the offensive, which rapidly left him open to the champion’s left hook.
Klitschko floored his challenger after only one minute of the primary spherical, however was met with a defiant response.
Pulev rose to his ft on seemingly unsteady legs after which taunted the Ukrainian by standing on one leg and sticking his tongue out at him.
Klitschko replied by knocking him down once more right away – Pulev once more made it again to his ft and survived the spherical.
The second was quieter for each males, however the motion exploded as soon as once more within the third.
This time it was the best hand from Klitschko that damage Pulev, adopted by a left hook which put him down as soon as extra.
The challenger survived spherical three and even made it by spherical 4, however the writing was clearly on the wall.
Within the fifth, Klitschko landed one last crunching left hook which flattened Pulev.
He was unable to beat the depend.
Klitschko went on to be dethroned by Tyson Fury a yr later earlier than then being knocked out by Anthony Joshua in 2017.
Pulev has since rebuilt with wins over the likes of Dereck Chisora and Hughie Fury, and now will get his alternative as soon as once more.