Boxing: Joshua steps up prep for title defence with Pulev
Anthony Joshua takes on Kubrat Pulev at Wembley’s SSE Arena tonight with a mega-fight against Tyson Fury on the horizon. There are plenty of enticing bout on the undercard in the lead-up to the main event, with Pulev confident of upsetting the odds and derailing the potential showdown between Joshua and Fury.
“I feel healthy and happy. I have a lot of energy,” said the Bulgarian.
“After the fight and after the win, I will be really happy.
“I think after this fight I’m going to fight with Tyson Fury. It will be good.
“I don’t believe that the Joshua vs Fury fight is going to happen because I will win on Saturday night.
“I think the world needs a new world champion like me. I am the new world champion. I am coming.”
Among the undercard fights is Hackney cruiserweight star Lawrence Okolie, who takes on Poland’s undefeated Nikodem Jezewski.
Jezewski’s compatriot Mariusz Wach will be in action against Hughie Fury, cousin of Tyson.
The Vacant WBC International heavyweight title is also up for grabs, with Martin Bakole and Sergey Kuzmin going head-to-head.
Elsewhere, highly-rated Albanian Florian Marku, who recently signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, takes on Derby’s Alex Fearon in a welterweight clash.
Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev schedule and running order
Live coverage gets underway at 6pm GMT in the UK via Sky Sports Box Office.
Below is a prediction of the running order and timings.
The schedule is subject to change depending on how the undercard unfolds throughout the evening.
6pm: Kieron Conway vs Macaulay McGowan – 10 rounds at Super-Welterweight
6.30pm: Florian Marku v Alex Fearon – 8 rounds at Welterweight
7pm: Qais Ashfaq vs Ashley Lane – 8 rounds at Super-Bantamweight
Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev face off at Wembley’s SSE Arena [Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing]
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Anthony Joshua 1/10
Kubrat Pulev 6/1
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7.30pm: Martin Bakole vs Sergey Kuzmin – WBC international heavyweight title
8pm: Hughie Fury vs Mariusz Wach – 10 Rounds at Heavyweight
9pm: Lawrence Okolie vs Nikodem Jezewski – 12 rounds at Cruiserweight
10pm: Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles
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