Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Betting Odds

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Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev

Anthony Joshua will take on Kubrat Pulev in the UK on June 20 with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium reported to be the likely destination over the usual 'Lions Den' that is Wembley Stadium. The bout in the summer will be Joshua's first since he reclaimed the throne in the heavyweight division by beating Andy Ruiz Jr to win back his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO world titles.

The Brit will be putting his belts on the line when he clashes with the Bulgarian, two years after the two were meant to meet in Cardiff. Back in 2017, Joshua was set to take on Pulev, until the latter pulled out of the fight due to an injury, forcing the champion to take on Carlos Takam instead. This fight was Joshua's first since he beat Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium and the 30-year-old went onto defend his titles twice before he lost and reclaimed his belts against Andy Ruiz.

At the same time, Pulev has gone on a dominant streak ever since he lost to Klitschko in 2015, winning eight fights on the bounce, including victories over Hughie Fury and Dereck Chisora. Now, two years on, and with Pulev finally getting the title shot he deserves, Joshua has his work cut to retain his titles back on home soil for the first time since September 2018.

Joshua the clear favourite

Understandably so, Joshua is a clear favourite on June 20. The Olympic gold medalist is priced at 1/8 with Sky Bet to beat Pulev, a huge contrast to his 4/9 price when he last fought in the rematch with Ruiz.

In the first scheduled bout between Joshua and Pulev, the Englishman was once again a big favourite to get past the Bulgarian at 1/25. Now, ever since he lost to the Mexican, it's doubtful we will see these odds against great opponents for some time, with the chances of an upset much clearer.

Joshua, one of the best finishers around, boasts a knockout ratio of 87.5%, with 21 of his 23 wins coming inside the distance - only Ruiz and Joseph Parker managed to go the distance with the Watford-born, both losing via unanimous decision. Now, the 30-year-old is priced at 1/2 to KO/TKO Pulev, whilst Joshua is 11/4 to win via decision/technical decision.

The British knockout artist has finished 20 of his 21 knockouts within seven rounds, with only the giant Ukrainian, Klitschko, making it to the 11th round, where he tumbled under a furious flurry from the UK's hero. On this occasion, you can get Josua to win in rounds 1-4 at 3/1, rounds 5-8 at 9/4 and rounds 9-12 at 6/1 with Sky Bet.

Pulev once again the underdog

Pulev, as he was the last time the two were scheduled, is a huge underdog. Now, with 28 wins and just one loss, the 38-year-old is 5/1 to take the belts from the Brit, which is a decrease from his 9/1 price from when the initial fight was planned in 2017.

Pulev's CV, although boasting impressive wins over the likes of Chisora, is far from the level of Joshua's, winning just 14 of his 28 wins via KO/TKO. Against the champion, the Sofia-born is 7/1 to win via KO/TKO on June 20 and sees his odds increase as high as 66/1 to win in a particular round, such as round one, two, three and 12.

Odds do become more tempting when you consider the first bout with Ruiz, where Joshua lost in round seven. This time, Pulev is priced at 12/1 to win in rounds 1-6 and 12/1 to win in rounds 7-12.

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What does this mean for Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder?

Whilst the boxing world were fantasizing about the potential historic bout between Tyson Fury and Joshua, Deontay Wilder was activating his rematch clause with the 'Gypsy King', whilst Joshua was preparing for the inevitable talks with the IBF mandatory, Pulev. So, in reality, the showdown between the two gargantuan Brits was unlikely to happen until later this year anyway, as Joshua has no intentions of relinquishing any of his titles so soon after he won them back.

Indeed, Fury v Wilder III discussions are being concluded with the date set for July 18 at the MGM Grand, Bob Arum has confirmed. Although the rematch has not been officially announced, the American's intentions to win back the WBC belt seem indestructible, and the Joshua v Pulev fight will now surely secure the rematch between Fury and Wilder.

So, now we have the three main men all involved within four weeks of each other, meaning this summer could be the most monumental time in modern-day heavyweight history. A win for Wilder and a fourth fight with Fury could be on the cards or perhaps set up a mega showdown with Joshua instead. A win for Pulev and Joshua will surely get a rematch, just as he did against Ruiz.

Although, a win for the Englishman and normal service continues; he fights whoever stands in front of him. At the same time, if Fury wins, it will surely set up a record-breaking bout between the 'Gypsy King' and 'AJ'.

Joshua v Pulev Betting Tips

skybet betting tip

ANTHONY JOSHUA IN ROUNDS 5-8 @ 9/4

How can I watch Joshua v Pulev

The fight will be live on Sky Sports Box Office on June 20.

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