Anthony Joshua meets Kubrat Pulev on Saturday, 12 of December as they fight for the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.
Pulev has some history as he was the European heavyweight champion two times between 2012 and 2016. But he had a single world title fight in his long career when he challenged Wladmir Klitschko for the title in 2015. In that fight, he had three KOs eventually he lost with a fifth-round KO. This will be the first time Joshua takes to the ring in more than 2 years. He wants to win this fight as he would like to face Tyson Fury next.
The fight could be Joshua’s last before taking on Tyson Fury in two much-awaited clashes in 2021. However, first he must negotiate his way past the 39-year-old Bulgarian veteran. The event will be able to welcome fans despite the coronavirus pandemic, with 1,000 spectators allowed in the SSE Arena in Wembley.
Then when he starts to land in the mid to late rounds, he will step in and sit down on his punches, so Pulev really feels them. I want to see him really apply the pressure with pace and power. I think he can force the stoppage and get him out of there in the eighth or ninth round.
I do not think this is going the distance. AJ is going to stick it on him. I want him to be back to his old self when he is tenacious, aggressive and a bit spiteful.
Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) knows all about his opponent, having trained with him in the past.
“Pulev is named after a great Bulgarian warrior and he has that warrior spirit, he carries the hopes of his nation,” Joshua said. “We also did sparring. He is the classic Eastern [European] boxer, very good technically. He is tough, he has a great jab and he will dig deep. He has found a way to beat every opponent, except [Wladimir] Klitschko, but I know I have prepared well and I should be victorious.”
Anthony Joshua will face Pulev and will be putting his WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight titles on the line. This match will be the much-awaited return to the ring for Joshua against Kubrat Pulev. Don’t miss a single minute of the epic fight as we give all the details to watch the fight online.
There’s no bigger platform in the world that I could be signed to, so I’m in a great position. I can’t wait to get in there now, my goal is to be as busy as possible to start with, and to just keep learning and improving with each fight.
Matchroom Sport managing director Eddie Hearn said: “I had a meeting with Campbell and Ricky and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.
We have a chance to do something very special in Manchester here and we will do everything we can to guide Campbell the right way. The pressure is on him but he has a great head in his shoulders and a city behind him that will support him every step of the way. Let’s have some fun!”
Ricky Hatton said: “I’m extremely proud of Campbell turning professional.
“I’ve been proud of him since the day he was born. He’s a fine young man and he’s following in my footsteps. My mum and dad brought me up in a certain way and I’d like to think I’m doing the same thing with Campbell.