Kubrat Pulev’s promoter Bob Arum has claimed that Anthony Joshua will lose to the Bulgarian heavyweight in their encounter next month.
The fight is currently set to take place at the O2 Arena on December 12, with the British boxer defending his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight belts, although the fight could be staged abroad due to the latest lockdown rules in England.
Like Joshua, Pulev has only lost once in his professional boxing career. That loss came against Wladimir Klitschko when he fought for the IBF belt back in November 2014.
Speaking on the Gary Newbon Sports Show, however, Arum explained how he thinks the fight will play out:
“I think Joshua is still vulnerable after being knocked out by Andy Ruiz Jnr. and Pulev is a really tough rugged heavyweight.
I said to Eddie Hearn, don’t make plans so quick for a Fury-Joshua fight because I think that Pulev is going to beat Joshua.
“Joshua got knocked out by Andy Ruiz Jnr. who is not a puncher and has never been a puncher. I know that because we promoted him for 30 odd fights, he has quick hands and not a bad heavyweight but he devastated Joshua and knocked him out.
“The second fight Ruiz Jnr. celebrated too much from the first fight and Joshua ran around the ring and Ruiz Jnr. couldn’t catch him and that was the fight.”
If Arum’s prediction of a Pulev victory were to come true it would almost certainly disrupt the plans already made for two fights to take place between AJ and Tyson Fury in 2021.
“I assume if Pulev beats Joshua, Joshua will elect the rematch provision. “And that would make a second Joshua-Pulev fight and so Tyson would have to look for another opponent.”
One of those opponents could potentially be former WBC Champion Deontay Wilder, who Fury was due to fight again this year but a date could not be agreed.
Arum recently criticised his fellow American for his controversial social media video, which accused Fury of cheating, blaming his former trainer Mark Breland and stating that someone had spiked his water.
“So he is probably watching television, and all I can say about his Instagram post is that he is mimicking Donald Trump.
“In other words, lies come up with conspiracy theories. Do anything but put the blame on yourself.”
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