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Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua knocked out challenger Kubrat Pulev in the 9th round Saturday in London to defend his, IBF, WBA and WBO titles. Britain's Joshua, now 24-1 in his pro career, controlled the fight most of the way scoring a knockdown and a standing eight count in the third round, then dropping Pulev again in the ninth before putting him down for good with a big right hand.
The fight was held in front of a limited crowd of 1000 fans, the first live audience to attend a British boxing match since the country began a Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in March. Joshua's win clears the way for a heavyweight title unification match against WBC champion and fellow Brit Tyson Fury, a fight that, should it come off, will be the biggest event in British boxing history.