The 31-year-old Briton was close to winning when he floored Pulev in the third round after a sweet right hand but the challenger recovered to test the home favourite in front of a limited crowd of 1,000.
Cooked a cobra 💤 https://t.co/Ipa5Zjcb9l
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) 1607831373000
Pulev, 39, remained dangerous, without causing Joshua many anxious moments, but there was no escape in the ninth.
Thanks for coming 💥 https://t.co/zvDVXPNLwK
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) 1607819604000
Joshua landed a clubbing right upper-cut which sent Pulev to the canvas. The Bulgarian got back to his feet but Joshua connected with another huge right hand to end the contest.