*Kubrat Pulev pulled out of this fight due to injury. Instead, Anthony Joshua will face Carlos Takam on October 28.
The next big thing in the boxing world has a date for his next bout. Anthony Joshua, the WBA and IBF heavyweight champion, puts some of his gold on the line against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on October 28.
Oddsmakers are not giving Pulev much of a chance in this one, with Joshua Sportsbook as a massive -5000 favorite. The Bulgarian brute finds himself coming back at +1400.
Joshua is perhaps more naturally gifted than any heavyweight we have seen in some time with a combination of size, speed and athleticism rarely seen. AJ has devastating power with all 19 of his career wins coming by knockout – with 16 opponents never seeing the fourth round. The former Olympic gold medalist has good fundamentals but his game is really built around his power.
Pulev enters the bout with a stellar 25-1 record with his lone loss coming at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko. “The Cobra” is an accomplished amateur boxer, much like his opponent, culminating in a gold medal at the 2008 European championships. Pulev actually has a lot of similarities in style to Klitschko, working behind a pawing jab to set up his big power punch.
Joshua should win this fight – just look at the odds – but Pulev is a good boxer. Joshua doesn’t have the best defense around but neither does Pulev, which likely means that the champ’s power will flash early in this bout.