The session was Joshua’s first since the Brit recovered his heavyweight titles by crushing Andy Ruiz Jr. in a rematch on Dec. 7, 2019. Joshua held his IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles by crushing Pulev.
Pulev (28-2, 14 KOs) was named as a mandatory opponent for Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs). The fight will likely be Joshua’s last before he faces Tyson Fury next year, though a deal has not yet been reached between the two boxers.
Following the battle, Joshua expressed he needs to confront the best challenger and bring together the belts, adding “if that is Tyson Fury, let it be Tyson Fury.”
Fury right now holds the WBC, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles.