Joshua needs to keep his eyes on the prize

Joshua needs to keep his eyes on the prize!

  • Anthony Joshua
  • Boxing
By Adam_martin34 December 8, 2020 0 Comment
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On Saturday night Anthony Joshua will be taking on Kubrat Pulev and it could be a long night for AJ. He is putting all four of his world title belts up for grabs at the SSE Arena in London. The Englishman is the favorite but Joshua needs to keep his eyes on the prize!


Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua has a 23-1 record with a loss to Andy Ruiz being his only blemish. He won his first world heavyweight title back in 2016 and has never looked back, now holding four heavyweight titles. Not only is he holding four titles he has had to beat some quality fighters in order to get them. He won two of his titles against Wladimir Klitschko and another against Joseph Parker in the space of a year. Also, he defended against Alexander Povetkin who is also ranked highly.

When Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz in Madison Square Garden it was considered that he did not take him seriously enough. This was something that Joshua made right later in the same year winning his titles back. This bout against Pulev will be Joshua’s first fight in a year. But that has mainly been due to Covid. One of the biggest worries when it comes to Joshua is all the talk of a possible Tyson Fury fight after this. The last time Joshua wasn’t completely focused on his opponent he lost so he needs to keep his eyes on the prize.


Kubrat Pulev

Kubrat Pulev has an impressive 28-1 record with his only loss being to Wladimir Klitschko back in 2014. He won the IBF heavyweight title back in 2011 and defended the belt five times. His biggest fight was against Klitschko where he was knocked out early on. Pulev bounced back with a win against Derek Chisora for the European heavyweight title in 2016. After that, he then won the WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title against Samuel Peter in the same year.

Pulev then went on to have several fights against guys who are not highly ranked. He defended his title against Kevin Johnson, winning by unanimous decision. He then defeated Hughie Fury, Bogdan Dinu, and Rydell Booker in the last few years. None of these guys are near the level of Anthony Joshua and that could be a problem for Pulev. His last major fight was back in 2014 and that was the one fight he lost.


The Fight

If you look at any of the boxing rankings Anthony Joshua is higher in every association apart from the IBF. Also if you look at the measurements between both fighters Joshua has the advantage. He is two inches taller, has two and a half inches longer reach, and most importantly eight pounds lighter. You want your heavyweight to be fit and light on his feet and AJ will be more agile than Pulev. Also, Joshua is only 31 and in his prime, whereas Pulev is 39 and coming towards the end of his career.

There are worries about Joshua being ‘nervous’ due to the small crowd and obviously, there have been concentration issues before. However, Joshua is unlikely to let lightning strike twice and he should be fully focused on Pulev. Joshua to win is at a big odds on price at 1/12 and is not worth a bet. He should win this fight but it won’t be quick as Pulev is consistent at making fights last longer than they should be. In five of his last six bouts, Pulev has taken the fight to round seven or longer and that could happen again.


The Bet

With that in mind Anthony Joshua to win in rounds 7-12 looks to be the bet at 15/8!


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