Finally Joshua takes on Pulev in heavyweight title clash on Saturday


Jack Humphreys

Holder of  IBF.WBA & WBA heavyweight Nigerian born Briton, Anthony Joshua aka AJ is expected to trade punches with his Bulgarian challenger, Kubrat Pulev, who enjoys the moniker of the cobra

The two pugilists who are expected to square-up earlier in the year were forced to postpone the bout because of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Interestingly easing up of the lockdown across the world gives a glimmer of hope that the boxing showdown is going to happen soonest.

A peep into the tale-of-tape (statistic in boxing parlance) shows that the two boxing combatants are schooled in the art of the sweet science

For the uninitiated let us lead our esteemed readers into their stats to enable you to have an insight into their armouries

The multiple Titleist, Joshua (Age:30; Height:6’6″ Fights24 :;Wins:23; Loss:1;Ko:22). While Pulev Age:38; Height:6’4″ Fights:31: Wins:29;Loss:1;Ko(14).

From the above tale-of-tape it’s obvious that the two rivals major contrasts are in the areas of age, height and the numbers of bouts, victories and knockouts

Coincidentally, the duo fighters fought a common form in the person of former world heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko

However, while Klitschko blew away Kubrat at the fourth of a scheduled 12-round, Joshua not only battered Klitschko, but he retired the latter from boxing.

So where, would the pendulum swing in whose favour when the twosome step into the pit of hell (boxing parlance for boxing ring), only 36 minutes of “bad” intentions would determine the Victor

Boxing pundits, however, are unanimous in their analysis that the defending champion, Joshua has the boxing tools to dismantle ageing Kubrat, within the distance

Recall that Joshua’s only loss was an upset loss to Mexican American, Andy Ruiz Jnr at the formers America debut, but the former bounced back to reclaim his IBF, WBA and WBO crowns.

Meanwhile, Joshua says he is ready for war when he takes on Kubrat Pulev in a world heavyweight title clash at Wembley’s SSE Arena.


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