Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury next?

Anthony Joshua formally, securely and lastly put Andy Ruiz Jr. in the rearview mirror on Saturday.

For many people, 2020 has actually been the headache year of their lives. For Joshua, the 2012 Olympic incredibly heavyweight gold medalist, it was 2019 that was the devastating year.

Joshua was amazingly knocked out by Ruiz on June 1 in among the sport’s greatest upsets. He gained back the IBF-WBA-WBO heavyweight titles on Dec. 7 by outpointing a chubby and obese Ruiz, however he combated timidly and very carefully and appeared gun-shy.

That Joshua was gone on Saturday in Wembley Arena in London versus Kubrat Pulev. Joshua dropped Pulev 4 times, the last knockdown being for the 10-count in the ninth round as he gained back whatever stature he’d lost by his bad efficiencies versus Ruiz.

It keeps hope alive of a bout for the undeniable heavyweight titles with WBC champ and fellow Brit Tyson Fury, a battle that would be the greatest in British boxing history and a mega-fight the world over.

Joshua explained it’s the champion he’s chasing after, not any guy, however he didn’t avoid discussing Fury’s name.

“If it’s Tyson Fury [who has the belts], then it’s Tyson Fury,” Joshua stated.

Fury is more popular than Joshua in the U.S., and while it’s arguable, it appears that Joshua might be the more popular of the 2 huge heavyweights in your home. Nevertheless that plays out, it will be the hulking 6-foot-6 Joshua, who is a squashing puncher, versus the 6-foot-9 Fury who, in spite of his size, is an active fighter.

Joshua raced out of the ring after the 10-count and ran over to Floyd Mayweather, who was among the roughly 1,000 fans at ringside. The greatest fighter of this generation smiled and patted Joshua on the back numerous times as they exchanged pleasantries.

And while Joshua handed Pulev just his 2nd defeat, he stated it wasn’t done by means of his power.

“For me, I stuck to what I know best and that’s boxing,” Joshua stated.

Britain's Anthony Joshua (R) lands a punch on Bulgaria's Kubrat Pulev (L) during their heavyweight world title boxing match at Wembley Arena in north west London on December 12, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW COULDRIDGE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW COULDRIDGE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain’s Anthony Joshua (R) lands a punch on Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev (L) throughout their heavyweight world title boxing match at Wembley Arena in London on Dec. 12, 2020. (Image by ANDREW COULDRIDGE/POOL/AFP by means of Getty Images)

He had Pulev in major problem in the 3rd, when he dropped him two times. However when Pulev, a 39-year-old whose calling card was his resilience, handled to endure, Joshua returned to working behind his jab.

He landed an awkward-looking uppercut midway through the ninth that was the start of completion. Pulev got up and appeared stunned, however continued.

Joshua has actually constantly been among the sport’s finest finishers, and this was no various. He closed the range on the re-start and blasted Pulev on the chin with a blistering right-hand man. Pulev decreased and was not able to beat the 10-count.

While there stays a concern of which of the British heavyweights is much better, Joshua’s efficiency did allow him to silence those who believed that Ruiz had actually beaten the battle out of him. He appeared like the Joshua of old in beating Pulev, who while not a young and elite opposition was nevertheless expert and strong.

It states here that Fury’s boxing capability makes him the leading heavyweight on the planet, however it’s a matter of viewpoint and Joshua provided his critics plenty to consider on Saturday.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.