A panel of experts on the Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev heavyweight clash
As far as I can see, Pulev’s only chance is to go for broke from the off much like he did against Klitschko. There will be a strange atmosphere because of the lack of fans so he could catch ‘AJ’ cold if he jumps on him – but then risk getting chinned into next week too.
Pray that he lands that Hail-Mary shot to stun Joshua. Tall ask. Joshua KO inside four rounds for me.
World title challenger
It’s heavyweight boxing and Pulev can crack, and Joshua’s been hurt before. I think he’s got more than puncher’s chance but I don’t think Pulev is going to outbox Joshua. He could catch him. But I think Joshua will win.
AJ is better in every department, he’s quicker, better footwork, he’s bigger, he’s the bigger puncher. Everything is in AJ’s favour. Probably the best thing for Pulev would be to close the gap, try to get as close in as possible and throw calculated shots but almost winging them in.
Olympian & world title challenger
Try to make Joshua fight his fight and engage in a war. I think after the Ruiz rematch it’ll be difficult. Joshua showed a lot of discipline in that fight.
It’s a tough ask for Pulev at 39 years of age and only a 48% KO ratio. He could try to pressure Joshua to disrupt his rhythm but I expect AJ to win comfortably. I’ve fought in many of the same tournaments as Pulev. He has been around forever and has so much experience but AJ is a different level.