JOSH-PULEV CON­FIRMED

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SATUR­DAY Septem­ber 2, 2017

IT’S con­firmed to Boxing News that An­thony Joshua will de­fend his WBA and IBF heavy­weight ti­tles against Bul­garia’s Kubrat Pulev on Oc­to­ber 28 at Cardiff’s Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium.

Pulev’s pro­moter Kalle Sauer­land tells us that the IBF manda­tory and BN num­ber 3 is gear­ing up for the chal­lenge.

“He’s ready to go. He wants it, and he can’t wait to go to the ring,” Sauer­land says.

“I think An­thony is great for boxing. He’s a role model. He can box but he’s learn­ing. And Kubrat’s not learn­ing any more.”

Joshua is al­ready a huge bet­ting favourite for the clash but Sauer­land warned that Team Pulev, which now in­cludes top trainer Uli Weg­ner, will be study­ing the form of Joshua care­fully.

“We know what the weak­nesses are,” he ex­plains. “What you need to look at is why he gets hurt, when he gets hurt and it’s things like that they’ll be study­ing. Also [Pulev] has got a dif­fer­ent trainer in the cor­ner than he did in [his 2014] Kl­itschko fight. He’s got the most suc­cess­ful Euro­pean trainer in his cor­ner. I love Rob [Mccracken] but that in­cludes Rob. He’s cre­ated 14 world cham­pi­ons, Uli Weg­ner, he’s had I think 120 ti­tle fights that he’s won in the cor­ner.”

The con­test will be broad­cast in the UK by Sky Sports Box Of­fice.

Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES/REUTERS/FABIAN BIMMER

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