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Arum: Ruiz, Who Can't Punch, KO'd Joshua - Then So Can Pulev!

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, who co-promotes heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev, is firmly confident that his boxer can put WBO, IBF, WBA, IBO champion Anthony Joshua to sleep.

Pulev is the IBF's mandatory challenger to Joshua.

They were scheduled to fight last month, but the contest was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new date should come down in the final quarter of the year.


Everyone has been talking about a 2021 two-fight series between Joshua and WBC champion Tyson Fury.

Both Joshua and Fury have other contracted engagements to deal with.

Joshua has to beat Pulev, while Fury is heading to a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder on a tentative date of December 19.

"Joshua has a fight before the end of the year with my guy – Kubrat Pulev – a very tough Bulgarian. And Tyson has a third fight to do with Wilder and that is not an easy fight," Arum told Talk Sport.

“So again, sure, if they come through those fights why wouldn’t we get together and do a two-fight deal for Fury and Joshua?”

Arum believes Joshua has a bad chin and can't take a good shot.

Joshua has been dropped and rocked in past fights.

But in June of 2019, huge underdog Andy Ruiz dropped Joshua four times and stopped him in the seventh round. Joshua got revenge when he outboxed Ruiz over twelve rounds in December.

Based on Joshua's history, Arum backs Pulev to win by knockout.

"Joshua has a chinny chin chin. And if he got knocked out by Andy Ruiz, who can’t punch… Look at Andy’s record; he fought all of his fights with us," Arum said.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Jkp on 07-16-2020

[QUOTE=Inspired;20659750]1) watch at 51:24 on the video i posted. you can literally see the moment the tape came loose, when parker's punch landed right on it!!! 2) you are fully aware he was headbutted just seconds before from the moment…

Comment by Jkp on 07-16-2020

[QUOTE=LoadedWraps;20659731]Mmm, biting tape might not be legal, but neither is spitting your mouthpiece out to buy time. That's not "cheating" either. I'm not a fan of AJ by any means but I don't consider him a cheater.[/QUOTE] AJ is a…

Comment by Tyistall on 07-16-2020

[QUOTE=LoadedWraps;20659731]Mmm, biting tape might not be legal, but neither is spitting your mouthpiece out to buy time. That's not "cheating" either. I'm not a fan of AJ by any means but I don't consider him a cheater.[/QUOTE] No, taking nandrolone…

Comment by BodyBagz on 07-16-2020

[QUOTE=Jkp;20658235]Ruiz is a light puncher, but still flattened AJ. AJ quit. Couldnt handle a 5th knock down. The look of fear in AJ's eyes made it obvious he wanted out of there, looked like he was about to cry.[/QUOTE] AJ…

Comment by LDBC Slayer on 07-16-2020

Jkp is either Joe Parker himself or more likely Parkers dingbat brother or another member of his team.

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