“This boxing game is chess, not checkers, I take the right steps at the right time”: Anthony Joshua outwits Kubrat Pulev to force the ninth round to be suspended, while Floyd Mayweather describes the British champion as “one hell of a fighter”.
Anthony Joshua has said he outwitted Kubrat Pulev during his one-stop win in the ninth round on Saturday night.
Joshua brought Kubrat Pulev to a disastrous halt to begin the second defense of his reign as heavyweight champion in style.
The Briton consistently dominated the SSE Arena at Wembley, and a breathtaking combination eventually brought out the brave efforts of the challenger who fell three times the fourth time and couldn’t count.
Anthony Joshua celebrates after defeating Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena on Saturday night
For the first time, a crowd returned to live boxing and their hero was back with a decisive win too
“What can I say, this is the fighting game and at the same time I am not competing with anyone but myself,” he said after the fight.
“I stay true to myself, I study 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 take the right steps at the right time. ‘
‘Round nine, I’ve got the knockout and on to the next. It’s always good to see great boxing. ‘
After the fight, Joshua Floyd Mayweather looked to the crowd and the undefeated welterweight legend said it was the correct result.