Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight titles ‘could slip from him again’ against Kubrat Pulev, warns Peter Fury
Anthony Joshua has been warned his world heavyweight titles could ‘slip from him again’ unless he ‘takes chances’ against Kubrat Pulev by trainer Peter Fury.
The unified world champion will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against the big Bulgarian, with a date and venue to be confirmed.
The uncle of WBC champ Tyson Fury and father of Hughie, who was defeated by Pulev in the summer of 2018, is all too aware of the power Joshua’s next opponent posseses.
‘AJ’ regained his world titles having defeated Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch in December. The Watford fighter is expected to get past Pulev but Fury warned him about the strengths of ‘The Cobra’ as his son suffered an early cut in their IBF final eliminator in Sofia.
“Pulev is very cagey and he’ll come in top condition as well, and he’s really up for this fight,” Peter Fury told Sky Sports.
“He’s got a very good jab. He’s a very underestimated boxer is Pulev. He’s very awkward.
“You’ve got to break him down and AJ will have to take chances in this fight, because he’s not going to just simply be able to land that double jab and right hand on Pulev, no matter how sharp he is.
“AJ has got to take it to him and be explosive, but be clever with it. You have to fancy the younger man, but like I said, you can’t put anything past Pulev, because he’s a very cute, professional fighter.
“It’s not a pushover fight this, it’s a serious fight. When people are famous in boxing everyone expects them to win, but it’s not the case in this fight. This fight is a dangerous fight for him. If he doesn’t keep 100 per cent focused, this fight can slip from him again.”
Joshua‘s unanimous decision win over Ruiz in Saudi Arabia was helped by his disciplined back-foot boxing but Fury believes Pulev can’t dictate the pace from the centre of the ring.
“He’s an overwhelming kind of guy. If he gets going, gets in a routine, then he can grind you down,” said Fury.
“It’s definitely not a fight for AJ to go on his back foot, because that will definitely suit Pulev down to a tee. It’s not easy to outbox Pulev.”
Fury went on to say that his son could be an ideal sparring partner for Joshua, having had first-hand experience of Pulev.
“Hughie would be available to spar if they need any help. Same as anything else,” he said.
“He’s a professional fighter, so if they need any help and Hughie ticks the boxes, then we’ll look at it.”
Hughie is set to resume his career in September or October after his third-round knockout of Pavel Sour in March and has set his sights on Mark Huck, the former WBO cruiserweight champion.
“I’m looking at somebody like Marco Huck,” said Peter Fury. “He’s a good fighter. Took [Alexander] Povetkin to a decision. A good, strong fighter who comes forward.
“These are the type of fights we need, just to see how Hughie has come on. It would be a good fight, he’s no pushover.”
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