There is pressure on Anthony Joshua to win by knockout in the upcoming mandatory defense against Kubrat Pulev. This was stated by British agent Eddie Hearn.
“Because of the loss from Andy Ruiz Jr., there is now an element of” he can be beat. We saw Joshua lose – a blow to the chin or to the side of the head and anything can happen, right? It’s easier said than done. There is always such a fear in the heavyweight category.
Pulev has great activity. It is still on the return, but it looks good and it is active. Ivaylo Gotsev is his longtime counselor, friend and great-grandmother – he is not the wrong word, but he is so close to Pulev that he believes that now is their time, their time has come.
Because of what they saw in the battle with Andy Ruiz Jr., they think they can beat Joshua.
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His promoter Bob Arum tells everyone that Pulev will knock out Joshua. Maybe he’s doing it since he’s Bob Aram. He is like that – he said one thing yesterday, today he says another. This match will be interesting.
It seems to me that Joshua – Pulev is a really good match. Two big heavyweight boxers that can really hit. Pulev has extensive experience and good boxing intelligence. I think Joshua will try to do something spectacular. He had to box this way against Ruiz Jr. because he had no right to make a mistake. Now people say, “We want knockouts again.” The pressure is on AJ to do the knockout. Two big men will trade blows, “Hearn said.