Bob Arum Predicts Kubrat Pulev Upsets Anthony Joshua
Top Rank Boxing’s Bob Arum senses an upset between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev.
Joshua is the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion. He is scheduled to defend all of his gold against Pulev on December 12. The title fight will headline a Matchroom Boxing card and it’ll take place inside the O2 Arena in London, England.
Appearing on the Gary Newbon Sports Show, Arum expressed his belief that Pulev will shock the world and defeat Joshua (via BoxingScene.com).
“I’m involved with everybody, including Eddie (Hearn). I said ‘don’t make plans so quick for a Fury-Joshua fight because I think Pulev is going to beat Joshua. Let me explain my theory. Joshua got knocked out by Andy Ruiz, who is not a puncher, never been a puncher, and I know that because thirty odd fights that Ruiz had, we promoted. He has quick hands, he’s not a bad heavyweight, but he’s not a puncher. He devastated Joshua and knocked him out.
“Then the second fight, what happened there? Joshua ran around the ring, Ruiz had celebrated so much and gotten so obese that he couldn’t catch him and that was the fight. So I think Joshua is still vulnerable and Pulev is a real tough, rugged heavyweight.”
While Arum is predicting Joshua gets handed the upset loss, it may not be ideal for Top Rank and Tyson Fury’s team. Fury is hoping to get a megafight against Joshua to determine the undisputed heavyweight champion of boxing. Fury will likely put his WBC Heavyweight gold on the line against Agit Kabayel on December 5.
Joshua and Fury have agreed in principle to two fights. Of course, both of them will have to take care of business in order to make their bouts a reality.