HomeBoxing NewsKubrat Pulev Plans Exposing Anthony Joshua Again As Ruiz Jr.
Kubrat Pulev Plans Exposing Anthony Joshua Again As Ruiz Jr.
November 23, 2020
Kubrat Pulev, Anthony Joshua’s IBF mandatory challenger has recently been a little outspoken about his upcoming fight with the two time world unified champion and claims Joshua will end by the time the final bell of their upcoming battle is heard.
Pulev (28-1, 14KOs), who has waited almost two years for a chance at the heavyweight crown, will finally get his chance at finally winning a world title when he takes on Joshua (23-1, 21KOs) on Dec. 12th at the SSE Arena, Wembley in London. The fight which will Air on Skysports in the UK and DAZN in the US will be Pulev’s second chance at a world title, since failing in his first attempt against Klitschko six year ago.
Pulev acknowledged the fight will be more of a tactical fight but promised to expose the British champion as in the past, when Andy Ruiz Jr dropped Joshua four times en route to a seventh round Knockout win.
“This is going to be a mind game and a chess game for as long as it lasts – a master chess game – but the only difference is the end is going to come like lightning.” Pulev insisted in a recent interview with Betway Insider blog. “I can tell the fans that I will expose AJ again and prove they have been idolizing the wrong guy. I will expose him to the world for a second time.”
The former title challenger got his mandatory spot with a points win over Huge Fury back in July 2018 and has since then racked up two wins which includes a points win over Rydell Booker in his last outing a year ago.
The fight was more of a consolation for Pulev, who allowed Joshua move ahead with a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. Joshua was able to include a rematch clause on Andy Ruiz Jr’s contract because their first fight was a voluntary defence. A clause they were immediately able to activate ones Joshua was handed his first ever professional defeat.
The 2008 Olympian took Joshua and his team to court over the issue as He was to face the winner of the first fight with Ruiz Jr. . Only for the IBF to reluctantly grant Joshua the opportunity to face Ruiz Jr. ones again and made a deal with the Joshua team that the winner faces Pulev next or get stripped of the title.
Joshua was able to reclaim the Heavyweight titles with a wide Unanimous decision win over an ill prepared Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch, which took place in Diriyah,Saudi Arabia. According to the Bulgarian, non of his exploits in the second fight changed the fact that he got exposed in the first fight, six months earlier.
“I have been watching his fights carefully. He has a good style and he is a good specimen, but he has not shown any mental toughness,” insists the 39-year old Pulev, who has won eight straight since a 5th round knockout loss to Wladimir Klitscho in a failed November 2014 title bid. “Yes, he has skills, but he hasn’t shown the mental strength. This is something from within, in the blood of a man, and he does not have it.
“Whatever mental toughness he’s got, I know I’m the harder person. This is the difference – my toughness will prevail.”
Call it underestimating or being Careless, Joshua has promised to easily walk through Pulev before going on to unify the Heavyweight division in an all British heavyweight unification fight that has all the Heavyweight titles at stake.
“He must have learnt that from Andy Ruiz because that’s what happened to him,” dismisses Pulev. “Let’s see what happens.”