Recently, Kubrat Pulev has kept quiet when it comes to his upcoming fight with Anthony Joshua. The Bulgarian is looking to let his fists do all the talking for him.
In an interview via the Betway Insider blog, Pulev (28-1) discussed the contest for the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles. Based on earlier reports, Pulev stated that a fight between the two could take place on December 5. This would be a few weeks before the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury trilogy fight. The later the date, the greater the possibility there could be fans in attendance. Pulev believes that is Joshua’s (23-1) crutch.
“For him it will be a little bit different without his fans but this is a very manly sport, we can fight with the public or without the public, it does not matter. But maybe he needs the public,” Pulev stated. “He is a very good boxer for sure, a world champion… and he has had a lot of good fights. But I see a lot of problems in his style and his boxing and I think I can use every small opening and I can beat him. I do think he has a problem with psychology.
“I think the fight has the same ending as with Andy Ruiz. I know that I will surprise the whole world with this fight. I will show boxing fans across the world that Joshua will go down because we will be bringing war.”
Pulev made his professional debut in 2009. A former IBF International Heavyweight Champion, the lone loss of Pulev’s career was against Wladimir Klitschko in 2014. He has since won eight in a row, winning the European and WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Titles in the process.
The two were supposed to fight one another in 2017, but Pulev was injured before the bout. He went on to say that Joshua’s words after he pulled out rubbed him the wrong way.
“I stopped training because I was injured and he didn’t believe me, he was a little bit arrogant. He said: ‘if I was Pulev I could box with this injury’, but it’s not so easy,” Pulev said. “God showed us it’s not good to speak too much and that’s why he is now injured with his leg. I wait patiently and when he is ready and healthy, we can fight.”
The bout between Joshua and Pulev this year was supposed to take place inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June but was postponed due to the coronavirus. A location has not been revealed yet. Eddie Hearn is hoping for an arena in the UK with fans, like Royal Albert Hall, The O2, or Olympia. Pulev’s team mentioned Croatia as an option, but Pulev believes it will be in London because Joshua requested it.
Joshua hasn’t fought since December in Saudi Arabia. He regained his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr. following an upset loss last June inside Madison Square Garden. He has been out of action due to a knee injury and requires a few weeks of rehabbing before he is ready to go.
Recently, Joshua and WBC and lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury have agreed in principle to face one another in 2021. Not long ago, it was rumored that Joshua and Fury could bypass their upcoming opponents and face one another. While it was quickly brought down, Pulev gave his thoughts on potentially being dismissed.
“This is also very arrogant,” said Pulev. “Talking about Fury because he doesn’t think about my fight, like last time with Ruiz. But life showed him that this is very bad when someone does that. That’s why he will take his second knockout of his life. We will show him and the whole world.
“I’m now next in line for Fury and I think after AJ, I will fight with Tyson Fury because Joshua is going to lose and he does not think I’m a big problem – but I will show him really new things.”