WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (23-1) returns to the ring on Saturday in London when he faces his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (28-1). The fight will be distributed by Sky Sports pay-per-view in the United Kingdom and streamed on DAZN in the United States.
Joshua bounced back from his shocking knockout loss to Andy Ruiz last June by outpointing him in their rematch in December. In the rematch, Joshua was much more disciplined and was content to box from the outside to easily outpoint a severely out of shape Ruiz.
Manny Robles, who was in Ruiz's corner for both of his fights against Joshua, took to social media to give his official prediction for the fight.
"I feel Anthony Joshua will come out victorious. I see a knockout. I sense a knockout in the later rounds. I believe that Anthony Joshua will be able to control the tempo, go out there and control the center of the ring. He will work behind the jab and set up the big right hand. I don't see the fight going the distance in my opinion but I do believe that Pulev will give him a run for his money. Pulev is no pushover. He is definitely a good heavyweight and a mandatory to the belt," Robles revealed.
Ruiz hit the canvas in his first encounter with Joshua but was able to quickly regain his legs and began to have a lot of success countering Joshua. He ended up dropping the Brit 4 times in route to the shocking stoppage victory.
Robles feels that Joshua has learned from his previous mistakes and will be able to make any adjustments needed to secure the victory.
"The only weakness that I see in Anthony Joshua at this point is that right hand. He has to be careful with that right hand. He has a great jab but he has to be able to come back and pick up that left hand right away. If he is open for the right hand then things can change. It has happened in the past so he has to make that adjustment but I do see him coming out victorious. He is a disciplined fighter. He knows how to adjust. He is a student of the game and he will definitely be able to make adjustments if need be. I see him coming out victorious and I can't wait for the Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua fight," Robles continued.
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