Legendary promoter Bob Arum believes Anthony Joshua is ‘susceptible’ and can lose to Bulgarian veteran Kubrat Pulev when the pair meet of their world title showdown subsequent month.
Joshua, 31, is ready to defend IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles on the 02 Area on December 12, though there may very well be a change in venue owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
And referencing Joshua’s devastating defeat to Andy Ruiz as a primary instance of the place his weak spot lies, Arum underlined how a ‘actual robust, rugged heavyweight’ like Pulev will trigger the Brit no finish of issues.
Talking on the Gary Newbon Sports activities Present, Arum stated: “I’m concerned with all people, together with Eddie (Hearn).
“I stated ‘don’t make plans so fast for a Fury-Joshua struggle as a result of I feel Pulev goes to beat Joshua.’
“Let me clarify my concept. Joshua obtained knocked out by Andy Ruiz, who is just not a puncher, by no means been a puncher, and I do know that as a result of thirty odd fights that Ruiz had, we promoted.
“He has fast arms, he’s not a foul heavyweight, however he’s not a puncher. He devastated Joshua and knocked him out.
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“Then the second struggle, what occurred there? Joshua ran across the ring, Ruiz had celebrated a lot and gotten so overweight that he couldn’t catch him and that was the struggle.
“So I feel Joshua remains to be susceptible and Pulev is an actual robust, rugged heavyweight.”
Like Joshua, 39-year-old Pulev has misplaced simply as soon as in his skilled profession from 29 outings contained in the ring.
That defeat got here in opposition to Wladimir Klitschko again in 2014 when he fought for the IBF title.