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Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev Betting Tips, Preview & Odds - AJ to set for early victory in London

  • Anthony Joshua faces Kubrat Pulev on Sunday morning in London
  • The heavyweight clash is taking place at the SSE Arena
  • Anthony Joshua has a career record of 23-1
  • Kubrat Pulev has a career record of 28-1
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Anthony Joshua can win in the opening half of the fight (Getty Images).

Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev in London on Saturday. Joshua can set up an undisputed bout with Tyson Fury next year by overcoming his mandatory challenger.

Anthony Joshua (Record 23-1):


This will be the first time we’ve seen Anthony Joshua in action in 12 months after this clash was postponed due to the pandemic. 

The 31-year-old produced a polished performance to retain his heavyweight titles the last time he was seen, clinically out-boxing Andy Ruiz in December 2019. That bout saw him bounce back emphatically from the shock defeat suffered against the Mexican six months prior.

Joshua has had a strong reign as world champion, successfully defending his titles against Dominic Brezeale, Eric Molina, Wladimir Klitschko, Carlos Takam, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin. 

AJ has only been taken past the 7th round four times in his professional career and 21 of his 23 career wins have come by knockout.

Kubrat Pulev (Record 28-1):


This will be the second time that Kubrat Pulev has fought to be world champion, with his first attempt coming in 2014 against Wladimir Klitschko. 

The Bulgarian was unsuccessful, losing to a 5th round KO in what is the only time he has ever been stopped in his professional career. 

Since that night in Hamburg Pulev has won eight consecutive fights, defeating the likes of Derek Chisora, Kevin Johnson and Hughie Fury along the way.

The 39-year-old boasts 14 KOs from his 28 professional victories, although this will be his biggest test in the ring since he last fought for the world title. A win for Pulev would scupper plans for the biggest domestic fight in British history next summer.

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev Odds


Anthony Joshua is the heavy favourite to win this bout at $1.10. Kubrat Pulev is available at $8.00 with Betfair, while the draw is priced at $34.00.

Anthony Joshua by KO/TKO is available at $1.40 with William Hill, while he is best priced at $4.50 to win by decision. Pulev is a $10.00 and $23.00 shot in each of those markets, respectively.

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev Stats


  • Anthony Joshua has only been past the 7th round 4 times in 24 professional fights.
  • Anthony Joshua has recorded 21 KOs from his 23 professional career wins.
  • Anthony Joshua has won all of his fights in London by KO.
  • Kubrat Pulev’s only career defeat saw him stopped in the 5th round.
  • Kubrat Pulev has gone the distance in 6 of his last 8 fights.
  • Kubrat Pulev is fighting for the world title for just the second time in his professional career.

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev FAQ

When does Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev start?

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev is scheduled to start at 09:00 AEDT on Sunday 13 December 2020.

Where is Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev taking place?

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev is being held at the SSE Arena in London, England.

Where can I watch the Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev live stream online?

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What is the prediction for the Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev fight?

The best bet for Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev is Anthony Joshua to win in rounds 1-6. 16 of Joshua’s 21 KO wins have come inside the first six rounds, while Pulev’s only career defeat came via a 5th round KO.

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Verdict

After a pragmatic, efficient performance last time out against Andy Ruiz, Joshua will be keen to make a statement on his return to the ring. While Pulev is a dangerous opponent, I’m tipping Joshua to get rid of him in the first half of the fight.

Best Bet: AJ Win Rounds 1-6 Round Betting @ at BetMGM - 5 Units

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