Joshua-Pulev Possible For This Year or Next, Says Sauerland

By Edward Chaykovsky

A fight between IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and top challenger Kubrat Pulev could happen either this year or in 2017, according to Pulev's promoter Kalle Sauerland.

Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport had recently mentioned Pulev as a leading candidate to face Joshua in the fall. Other candidates include mandatory challenger Joseph Parker and former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne.

Joshua captured the world title in April with a two round knockout of Charles Martin and the retained his belt for the first time with a seventh round stoppage of Dominic Breazeale in June.


Pulev (23-1 KO12) holds a number two ranking under the IBF. Whether he gets a voluntary shot this year, or a mandatory shot next year, Sauerland expects the fight with Joshua to eventually happen.

"I think it's a fight that will happen, whether we agree now to a voluntary or not," Sauerland told Sky Sports. "Pulev is in the No 2 position after Parker, his mandatory.

"The next mandatory will likely be Pulev in 2017, so whether the fight happens now or next year, the fight will happen. I think it's a great fight. Obviously two big guys. Joshua has made a storming entrance to the professional ranks, but I think he is still learning on the job, which you can see from his last opponent.

"Pulev is a big step up and it's a good fight, it's a real 50-50 if you ask me. Pulev isn't a one-punch fighter, but he's knocked out bigger guys than Joshua. If you look at Dimitrenko and Ustinov for example, they are big, big guys, and he's stopped them. It's a real fight, a live fight. Let's see if they want to do it now, or whether they want to wait until next year."  

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by KillaCamNZ on 07-22-2016

[QUOTE=Kilrain;16888033]That will come vs Fury, Ortiz, Haye, Wilder....[/QUOTE] One of these names does not belong. Hint - it's not Fury, Ortiz or Wilder. Haye hasn't fought anyone above corpse-level in years.

Comment by All in on 07-22-2016

Stiverne is a bum. Pulev mops the floor with him. He's fat and lazy

Comment by Sugarhitman on 07-22-2016

Pulev is not a dangerous puncher...Stirverne is....Which is why Pulev and not Stirverne, shall be chosen as an opponent for Joshua. It seems that after that Whyte Scare, Hearns has been matching Joshua with guys with no speed no foot…

Comment by larryxxx.. on 07-22-2016

He is really stepping up in comp each

Comment by BoxingFan85 on 07-22-2016

Tough fight for AJ this.. Should be the real litmus test.. Up this one and its amongst the top 5 easily.. Ofcourse this has to be after he overcomes Parker..

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