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Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua will immediately turn his attention to a mega-fight with Tyson Fury after knocking out Kubrat Pulev in the ninth round of their heavyweight battle on Saturday night.
Joshua produced a sensational performance at Wembley Arena, first sending Pulev tumbling to the canvas in round three.
The Bulgarian was stunned by a crisp right hand which sent him staggering across the ring, before a barrage of punches put him on the canvas.
Nevertheless, AJ initially failed to capitalise on that moment of success, with Pulev gaining some confidence and landing some right hands of his own over the next six rounds.
That was before the unified world heavyweight champion stepped things up a gear and closed the show in round nine, cracking an explosive uppercut which floored his valiant opponent once again.
Yet after showing admirable courage by climbing back to his feet, there would be no revival for Pulev when Joshua whipped in a devastating right to close the show in style.
The Brit literally had to nail his opponent to the canvas in what proved a solid test ahead of his potential clash with Fury next year.
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And having earned his 24th professional victory, Joshua turned his attention to a mega-fight with the Gypsy King in his post-bout interview with Sky Sports.
“Wembley Arena, can you hear me? 1,000 fans I love you all, thanks for having me this evening,” he said.
“Less talk, more action, I hope everyone was satisfied with that tonight.
“Ask Rob McCracken about my uppercut, I stuck to what I know best, when they're successful, they're successful.
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“We'll reunite in 2021, everyone have a great Christmas.
“I started this game in 2013, of course I want the challenge, if the challenge is Tyson Fury, let it be Tyson Fury.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn added: “Starting from tomorrow, we make the Tyson Fury fight straight away.
“Joshua is the best heavyweight in the world. We know what we have to do, we will get it done.
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“Since he came into the office he’s wanted to be undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. We know what we have to do, starting from tomorrow; we make the Tyson Fury fight.
“It’s the only fight to be made in boxing. It’s the biggest fight in British boxing history. I promise you, he wants it. He’s the best heavyweight in the world. Less talk, more action. Let’s get it done.”
- Anthony Joshua
- Eddie Hearn
- Tyson Fury
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