Former Olympic gold medalist Joshua defends his IBF, WBA and WBO belts at Wembley Arena against the Bulgarian veteran before Jan.. 000 fans number after coronavirus restrictions.
The two men were supposed to fight twice already, but both times the fight was postponed – in 2017, Pulev was injured and COVID-19 paid for a scheduled fight in June.
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Joshua, 31, is the favorite against his 39-year-old opponent who is the mandatory challenger for his IBF title. The Bulgarian, nicknamed « The Cobra » can boast an impressive 28: 1 record – his only defeat came in 2014 in a world championship title fight against Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua is desperate to try another shock in the form of his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. at Madison Square Garden in June 2019, which he avenged in Saudi Arabia last December.
The Brit said he was ready to do all 12 laps if necessary to make sure he got his record to 24-1.
« Just because I lost Ruiz isn’t enough to change me because I have character, » he said. “I’m definitely getting hit, and he’s definitely getting hit, and it’s going to be about the last man standing.
“I’m prepared for the last bell to go. I feel like a 15-round fighter and when it has to be 12, I’m ready. ”
Pulev said he couldn’t wait to get into the ring after previous unsuccessful attempts with his opponent.
« I’m ready for this fight, » he said. “We waited a long time because I had a problem in 2017 and that’s why I tell my coach that we have to aim for victory. ”
The talk of a possible « air battle for England » was a background topic in the run-up to the fight on Saturday.
Since the beginning of this year there has been a basic agreement between Joshua and WBC Champion Fury to finally compete against each other.
This week, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said he was « as close to 100 percent » that the highly anticipated bout would take place in 2021 and didn’t want Fury to have a warm-up match before that.
Anthony Joshua vs.. . Kubrat Pulev is expected to be on Sunday the 13th. December, starting around 9 a.m. (AEDT).
You can stream the fight on DAZN or watch the fight in Fuchsport. com. Au live blog.
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