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Peter Fury says Anthony Joshua will have to take chances against Kubrat Pulev

The trainer says Joshua can’t expect to just box off the back foot.

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Press Conference Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Trainer Peter Fury has weighed-in on Anthony Joshua’s upcoming mandatory title defense against Kubrat Pulev and doesn’t think it’s going to be a walk in the park like a lot of fans might believe. In fact, Fury tells Sky Sports that he thinks Joshua is going to have to go in the ring and be willing to take chances otherwise this fight could slip away from him.

“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.

“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.”

Fury continued by saying that should Pulev be allowed to get a head of steam he can be the type of fighter to wear you down and that Joshua can’t afford to fight the same kind of fight he did against Andy Ruiz in their rematch.

Joshua, 30, has been out of action ever since winning his world titles back from Ruiz last December, and has since been eying an undisputed heavyweight title unification against Tyson Fury (should Fury successfully defend his belt against Deontay Wilder).

Before we can get to the fight for all the marbles, though, both fighters have business to take care of in the interim. And as we’ve seen before, a lot in the boxing game can change in a short amount of time.

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