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Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev predictions, betting tips & fight preview: Joshua to make quick work of latest challenger

Leigh Copson in Boxing 15 Oct 2017
  • Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev takes place on Saturday, October 28
  • Get free predictions & betting tips for this world heavyweight title fight in Cardiff, Wales
Anthony Joshua & Kubrat Pulev fight on October 28 (credit: GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev predictions for the world heavyweight title fight on Saturday, October 28. Will Anthony Joshua continue his reign over the heavyweight division or can Kubrat Pulev become the first man to beat the British star? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Predictions


Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Betting Tips Explained


Anthony Joshua cemented his status as the number one heavyweight fighter on the planet when he knocked out the legendary Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round of a thrilling contest at Wembley Stadium back in April. The world heavyweight champion had to pick himself up off the canvas after suffering the first knockdown of his career, and his brutal punching power proved to be too much as he finally stopped ‘Dr Steelhammer’ in the penultimate round to delight a 90,000 crowd.

Talk of a rematch in Las Vegas followed, but promoter Eddie Hearn was left scrambling for a new opponent after Klitschko announced his retirement, and that man proved to be former title contender Kubrat Pulev, who had made himself a mandatory challenger to Joshua’s IBF title with a five-fight win streak that included victories against Kevin Johnson, Samuel Peter and Dereck Chisora. 80,000 will descend on the Principality Stadium for this one, and AJ knows the pressure is on him to send the fans home happy with a resounding win.

“It is heavyweight boxing,” he told reporters. “You have to knock someone out. It shows your timing is great, that you are a puncher, that you are a force to be reckoned with and that your aura is intact. Nobody comes to a boxing match to watch a 12-round fight, it gets boring. Unless it’s a brawl.”

But a brawl is something Joshua wants to avoid after hitting the canvas for the first time in his career back in April.

“I want to fight with finesse – throw the jab, left hook, bang!” he said. “It’s better than throwing a 10-punch combination and getting caught by a couple coming back the other way. You can take a man out by going to war or go down the technically perfect route, which just looks better on the super slo‑mo, punch-perfect.”

Joshua is likely to get his wish here. Pulev is not heavy-handed enough to turn this into a brawl and rely on his power – only one of his last eight wins have come via knockout or technical knockout, and his career knockout percentage is just 50%, although three opponents in that time have retired during the bout

It is hard to imagine him posing much of a threat to AJ and of course, the challenger has to be wary of what is coming back because he has been knocked out in his career. When Pulev challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight title in November 2014 he was stopped in the fifth round, so if ‘Dr Steelhammer’ can stop him that quickly you have to believe Joshua will stop him too because his mix of violent punching power and fantastic accuracy will ensure he lands plenty of big shots here.

It really is a case of just how long can Pulev stick around? Joshua’s rapid rise up the ranks saw him dispatch his first 14 opponents inside three rounds, but more recently he has been seeing the second half of fights with Dillian Whyte, Dominic Breazeale and Klitschko all taking the heavyweight champion beyond the 18-minute mark. I do not see Pulev achieving that feat though. The Bulgarian can at least see out the first nine minutes, but it will not be much longer before Joshua finally lands the decisive blow(s), bringing an end to bout before the end of the sixth round.

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Betting Odds


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Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Tale Of The Tape

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Stats

Anthony JoshuaTale Of The TapeKubrat Pulev
19Fights26
19Wins25
0Losses1
100%KO%50%
55Total Rounds174
6' 6"Height6' 4.5"
82"ReachN/A
OrthodoxStanceOrthodox
Watford, EnglandBirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria
28Age36

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Predictions


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