Pulev May Not Have Better Tactics To Beat Joshua
ElevateNews takes a look at the chance of Anthony Joshua against Kubrat Pulev.
British Tyson Fury remains the most tactical and artistry heavyweight boxer in this era.
This was revealed by his persona and domination against the American Bronze Bomber, Deontay Wilder a few weeks ago.
Fury ruptured Wilder’s ear on his way to clinching the highly coveted WBC belt and had since become a two-time heavyweight.
Fury knows the art of boxing and I will confidently posit that his compatriot, Anthony Joshua does not belong to the class of Fury.
However, Joshua dominated in his last fight to reclaim his belts from the Mexican Andy Ruiz Junior in Saudi Arabia last year, the IBF, WBA, IBO belts holder will need to do a lot more on his stamina and tactics to reach the elite class like Fury.
Fury once said after he took the belt from Wilder that he would take the belts that were stripped from him back from Joshua and that the champion is only helping him to keep those belts.
Fury always thinks like a champion. This must have given him the edge over other rivals.
However, he should not write off Joshua who may bring out another master class on his good day.
By June 20, Joshua will be defending his belts against the Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in Tottenham United Kingdom.
It is a match Joshua must combine power and tactics if he must keep his belts.
Having seen two of Pulev matches, I do not think the Bulgarian would pose any big threat to Joshua but boxing is unpredictable.
Pulev against Chisora went the way of the Bulgarian. He punished the Brit severely and won the match.
But Pulev against Wladimir Klitschko was a show of shame for the Bulgarian who lacked the finesse to compete with legendary Klitschko.
Pulev must have come with a game plan, which was to frustrate the Ukrainian in the early rounds and look for a devastating hook as he did to Chisora to finish Klitschko.
His plan never worked as a devastating hook from the Ukrainian dropped him on the mat in round five.
Pulev never recovered. But Joshua came back to win Klitschko after being dropped in round four with a powerful punch about two years ago.
He won the match with KO in the eleventh rounds, using his power to overwhelm the 41-year-old Klitschko.
He is expected to find new energy, tactics and art to subdue the awkward Pulev.
The Bulgarian has learnt a lot. He is more experienced and will want to take the fight far beyond round 11.
It is going to be 12 round-bout anyway but Joshua thinks the KO will happen in round 11, having watched Pulev video and seen the Bulgarian tricks.
Joshua should not allow the fight to drag. He should dig deeper and prepare to take some punches if he must prevail over Pulev.