During a press conference on Monday in Cardiff, Wales, heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua claimed he was coming for souls on October 28th when he returns to the ring. Joshua’s opponent Kubrat Pulev, on the other hand claims that it will be terrifying…
“I know the match will be terrifying, but physically I feel energized and mentally I am ready, and I have a good chance to win.”
The 36-year-old Pulev has only lost once, and it was from a devastating knockout to former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2014.
Conversely, Joshua found a way to survive a knockdown from the Klitschko and would dethrone him in the 11th round in a potential fight of the year candidate in front of a capacity crowd of nearly 90,000 at Wembley Stadium.
Since that clash this past spring, it was expected for there to be a rematch between Klitschko and Joshua; but at early last month, the 41-year-old Klitschko decided to retire. Joshua then turned toward Pulev, the mandatory challenger for his IBF heavyweight title.
“I didn’t want to give up any of these belts. I worked very hard to be in this position, so here we are October 28.”
The 6-feet-6, 250-pound Joshua, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Watford, England, also owns the IBO and WBA heavyweight championships. The 6-feet-4, 255-pound Pulev has won five straight fights since Klitschko defeated him.
Original Story: Boxing Scene