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It’s been over a year now since we last saw Anthony Joshua step into the ring for his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr., though this time he holds the belts as he faces challenger Kubrat Pulev.
The Bulgarian has only ever lost one professional bout, though in truth that came in his other title-challenging fight against Wladimir Klitschko back in 2014 and he’s had a long wait for his next one here.
The 39-year-old has won all eight of his fights since then, most notably beating Dereck Chisora back in 2016, though none of those opponents hold a candle to Joshua and given the fact that three of his last four wins have gone the distance, there’s no wonder the Englishman is such a short favourite here.
Joshua To Win In Rounds 10-12
Joshua is no stranger to an upset having lost his belts to Andy Ruiz Jr. in what was one of the biggest boxing upsets in recent memory.
There was an element of naivety about Joshua at that point in his career and he likely had one eye on a hallmark clash with Deontay Wilder afterwards. It would be outstanding, however, if he were to make that mistake again and we’d expect a much more complete and mature showing from the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO title holder.
The 31-year-old is currently 23-1 over his professional career, with 21 of those coming by way of knockout.
In the early stages of his career he would blow opponents away without breaking a sweat, so it’s no wonder that 16 of those knockouts came in the opening six rounds.
However, with a year out of the ring he’ll likely adopt a more measured approach to the fight, try and wear down his opponent before ultimately proving the gulf in class later on in the fight and that’s where the value lies in this one.