Anthony Joshua demonstrates power in training session
Anthony Joshua puts his WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles on the line this weekend when he takes on mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at the SSE Arena, Wembley. The pair were set to trade leather back in 2017 before the Bulgarian was forced to pull out of the fight due to injury but now he is hoping to use his experience to cause an upset against AJ.
This is Joshua’s first fight on British soil since September 2018, when he successfully stopped Alexander Povetkin at Wembley by seventh-round stoppage.
He is making his return to the ring just over a year on from redemption against Andy Ruiz Jr in the Saudi Arabian desert.
Joshua boxed his way to a resounding unanimous points victory over the Mexican in Riyadh, winning back his belts just six months after one of the biggest upsets in boxing history in June 2019 at Madison Square Garden.
Should the Brit take care of business against Pulev, a historic undisputed fight is there to be made against Tyson Fury in 2021.
Express Sport provides the latest news ahead of a big night of Boxing…
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Anthony Joshua sends Tyson Fury warning
Joshua has warned Fury that he is only going to get better if the Gypsy King decides to delay their undisputed fight.
The WBC and Ring Magazine champion is set to return to action in early 2021 and has already agreed initial financial terms for two fights with AJ, who is ready to rumble.
“He’s a great champion. He’s done well for himself,” Joshua said.
“I study him, he’s done great things for the sport of boxing. Long may it continue so we can meet at the top.
“I feel like the longer they leave it, the harder it is for them because I’m improving. I’m getting stronger, I’m getting smarter.
“I don’t want the glitz and the glamour, I just want the fight.”
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Tyson Fury snubs AJ vs Pulev
Eddie Hearn invited Fury to the Matchroom bubble for this weekend’s heavyweight clash between AJ and Pulev, ahead of the potential undisputed clash next year.
But, the Gypsy King has now confirmed he will not be in attendance.
He said: “This is Tyson Fury, the Gypsy King. Just a quick one guys, I will not be attending any boxing this weekend. For all the rumours this weekend that I’ll be attending some boxing, I will not be.
“Don’t expect fireworks, don’t expect any action from the Gypsy King because I’ll be grafting, I’ll be working as usual, always staying fit and ready. Good night and god bless.”
Mike Tyson next fight
Evander Holyfield has revealed conversations have taken place with Mike Tyson over a potential trilogy fight.
Iron Mike was famously disqualified during the second bout for biting part of Holyfield’s ear off, following a headbutt.
Tyson was back in the ring last month and netted around £7.5million ($10m) from his exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr in Los Angeles.
Now the wheels are in motion for a third fight with Holyfield, who has told TMZ: “We’ve definitely had conversations, and it looks like it’s gonna happen.
“I’m a very confident person, so I think it’s gonna happen. Let’s do it, baby. Simple as that, let’s do it.”
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