Anthony Joshua takes on Kubrat Pulev this weekend in his first outing since defeating Andy Ruiz Jr of their rematch nearly precisely one yr in the past.
The 31-year-old is an Olympic gold medallist and 23-1 in his skilled profession, which has seen him declare all however one of many heavyweight world titles on supply.
His solely slip-up got here in opposition to Ruiz Jr again in June 2019 in his sole combat in America – when he was stunningly stopped within the seventh spherical.
Ruiz took the combat on six weeks discover and the visible of the ripped adonis Joshua standing subsequent to the out of form Ruiz had many believing that the outcome was a forgone conclusion.
Ruiz, nonetheless, shocked the world that night time in Madison Sq. Backyard and his coach on the time Manny Robles helped to mastermind it.
As Joshua approaches his showdown with Pulev, Robles has defined precisely how one can beat the Brit.
Chatting with Marc Gatford of MyBettingSites.co.uk weblog, the veteran boxing coach mentioned: “The correct hand. For those who time the precise hand correctly and jab to the chest, jab to the physique and are available over with the precise hand, that’s the place I really feel Joshua is weak.
“You noticed that within the Povetkin combat, who landed the precise hand. Most fighters which have been capable of harm Joshua – it’s been the precise hand.
“For those who don’t work on maintaining that left hand up, or getting away from the precise hand, the identical factor goes to proceed to occur. Started working on that defence.
“Joshua is a superb fighter, an amazing particular person however he’s weak too, he’s human. He’s not good, he makes errors. And we capitalized on these errors in June 2019.
“Pulev will not be a stroll in a park, he’s an skilled fighter. He’s positively the kind of fighter that provides Joshua a run for his cash. Pulev doesn’t have the quickness Andy has, but when they research him, break him down, and provide you with a very good recreation plan he might be efficient.”
Can Pulev trigger the identical upset and damage the most effective laid plans for Joshua vs Fury?
Judging by Joshua’s situation and motivation, it’s going to be a tall order to say the least.