Anthony Joshua placed on the type of show that everybody hoped for when he returned to the ring after 12 months out in opposition to Kubrat Pulev on Saturday.
Joshua put his IBO, IBO, WBA and WBO world titles on the road in opposition to the Bulgarian on the SSE Enviornment and after knocking him down 4 occasions through the contest, lastly knocked him out within the ninth spherical.
As quickly as Joshua claimed victory, the primary particular person he rant to rejoice with was none aside from 50-Zero boxing legend Floyd Mayweather,who had taken his place at ringside.
Solely about an hour earlier than the competition the American made his approach into the world and Sky Sports activities introduced his arrival, to the shock of everybody.
Mayweather did a fast interview praising Joshua after which made his strategy to ringside.
After Joshua had KO’d Pulev, he then hopped out the ring and embraced the retired pound-for-pound legend earlier than he returned to the ring to be topped the official winner.
They then met once more backstage and posed for images with Joshua’s belts.
It’s understood the pair turned associates after spending time collectively in America final yr.
Talking earlier than the combat, Mayweather mentioned: “It’s all the time good to see some nice boxing. The UK is a superb place, so many nice fighters. I’m pleased with Anthony Joshua.
“He is among the greatest heavyweights on the market. Received a gold medal earlier than. His profession goes nice, he’s a hell of a fighter.
“Something can occur within the sport of boxing, one shot can change all of it. He is a superb fighter, hell of a man a gentleman and I respect his craft.”
With Mayweather amongst 1,000 followers in attendance at Wembley Enviornment, Joshua was composed and diligent all through the competition.
The Watford-born star asserted his dominance within the warfare of the jabs early on and managed the space terrifically in opposition to the sport Pulev.
The 39-year-old Pulev ate Joshua’s photographs early and shot a smile to point out his vigour, however ultimately AJ’s monster photographs have been an excessive amount of for him to deal with.
In fact, Pulev confirmed terrific chin and coronary heart to rise up from three separate knockdowns by the hands of Joshua, two of which got here in fast succession within the third spherical and he was fortunate to outlive.
Joshua continued to dictate the tempo, although, and when he opened up once more within the ninth and landed one in every of his trademark uppercuts, Pulev was despatched reeling as soon as extra.
Regardless that he answered that depend, Joshua completed him with a fast one-two mixture nearly instantly and regardless of his greatest efforts, Pulev needed to admit defeat.