Joshua finds his happy medium as road to Fury clears

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Anthony Joshua stopped a game Kubrat Pulev inside Wembley Arena showcasing a blend of styles suited to heavyweight longevity.

There was an almost audible sigh of relief inside London’s Wembley Arena on Saturday night. As Anthony Joshua’s thunderous right hand left Kubrat Pulev sprawled out on the blood-soaked canvas, the final hurdle had been cleared: for all intents and purposes, a super-fight with Tyson Fury would now follow.

Perhaps it was too much to ask for any real contractual illuminations following Saturday’s bout. Joshua stood in front of the Sky Sports and DAZN cameras still perspiring from the heat of heavyweight battle, yet ice cold in response to his immediate future.

“Less talk more action,” he repeated, reticent to give Andy Scott any notable soundbites. “It’s not about the opponents; it’s about the legacy and the belts.” Joshua still seemed pumped, still seemed slightly angry despite sealing the 24th win of his professional career. He was unwilling to let his moment become overshadowed by a rival.

Throwing the further questioning over to his promoter Eddie Hearn, it’s clear that Joshua didn’t want to set a trap for himself in the future. If talks with Fury’s team break down, then the unified world champion needs another focus; another worthwhile path to help cement his legacy.

Him mentioning a preference of belts over opponents keeps the door open for Oleksandr Usyk — a frustrating barrier that could be placed ahead of Joshua-Fury in order to keep hold of the WBO title. WBO president Paco Valcarcel has already granted Joshua two exemptions of a mandatory defence by taking the Andy Ruiz rematch and Saturday’s IBF mandatory against Kubrat Pulev. A third is unlikely, meaning the belt would become vacant if Joshua pursues Fury.

Lewis Watson is a sports writer from London, UK. Follow or contact him on Twitter at @lewroyscribbles

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