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Bob Arum: Anthony Joshua won’t be able to run around on Kubrat Pulev

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The Top Rank promoter says Joshua won’t be able to duplicate the success he had against Andy Ruiz in this weekend’s title defense.

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As Bob Arum backs his Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev in this weekend’s heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua, Arum tells the Betway Insider blog that Joshua shouldn’t expect to fight the same fight he did against Ruiz last December and still retain his belts. Arum says Joshua may have been able to pull off a cheap imitation of Muhammad Ali against Ruiz in their rematch, but says that won’t work against Pulev.

“It’s one thing to box and run around the ring, making out you’re second coming of Muhammad Ali when you’re fighting a fat, obese Andy Ruiz,” Arum said. “But it’s going to be a different story when you’re fighting a fit and ready Pulev, who’s in great shape and a good boxer.

“I believe Kubrat will be able to match Joshua with boxing ability and will have an opportunity to catch Joshua and knock him out. Pulev is very strong and has good pedigree, so Joshua won’t be able to run and do what he did to Ruiz in the rematch.”


How to Watch Joshua vs Pulev

Date: Saturday, Dec. 12 | Start Time: 1:00 pm ET
Location: The SSE Arena, Wembley - London, England
Stream: DAZN | TV: Sky Box Office (UK)
Online Coverage: BadLeftHook.com


Arum would continue by saying that he knows full well what Ruiz has to offer as a fighter as he promoted him for such a long time, and says that Ruiz has always proven to have trouble hurting opponents with his power — so the fact he was able to do so against Joshua in the first fight makes him think Joshua’s chin is iffy.

And that’s exactly where Arum says Pulev will take advantage of Joshua, by cornering the British fighter and unloading his best shots to put Joshua back on the canvas. So not only is Arum backing Pulev to win, he’s expecting him to do it in demonstrative fashion.