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Anthony Joshua branded a “flawed fighter” by Kubrat Pulev’s promoter

Anthony Joshua has been branded “flawed” and “chinny” by Kubrat Pulev’s promoter Bob Arum.

Arum has dismissed Joshua and feels the WBA Super, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion lacks confidence because of his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Junior in June 2019.

The Top Rank chief feels his man Pulev can expose Joshua’s suspect chin and knock him out tomorrow.

“I think Joshua is a flawed fighter,” Arum told Mirror Sport. “The fact that he got knocked out by Andy Ruiz, who is not a big knock-out guy, and then in the rematch he beat Ruiz by outboxing him.

“But Ruiz was in no kind of shape. He was obese, he didn’t train, he had celebrated too much. And yet Joshua didn’t go after him to knock him out to avenge that defeat. That indicates to me that Joshua is really lacking confidence.

Arum predicts Pulev will beat Joshua by knock-out

“Pulev is a big strong guy, a no-nonsense guy and he’s going to go after Joshua and I believe he will knock him out.

“He’s not a Deontay Wilder with a one-punch knock-out, but he is a big, strong physical guy and I believe Joshua’s chin is suspect.

“Look at a lot of Joshua’s fights, look at the Klitschko one. That wasn’t a prime Klitschko, this was a Klitschko at the end of his career and he almost had Joshua out of there.

The promoter criticised the nature of AJ’s defeat to and subsequent victory over Ruiz Jr.

“You look at a lot of Joshua’s fights and he is very, very chinny. I think that if Pulev rocks him and exposes that chin, he has enough strength and energy to finish the job.”

Arum believes Pulev can disappoint his star man Tyson Fury by wrecking the chances of an all-British clash for the undisputed world heavyweight title next year.

Joshua has a rematch clause if he loses and Arum believes Fury could have his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder while that takes place.

Arum left the door open for Fury to fight Wilder in a trilogy bout

“If Pulev wins, it would disappoint a lot of people, including Tyson Fury, but it is what it is,” said the Hall of Fame promoter.

“If Pulev beats Joshua, Joshua has an absolute right to a rematch.

“Obviously if what I think will happen happens, then maybe Tyson would revisit doing a fight with Wilder.

“That to me would make the most sense, but that would be up to Tyson.”

Arum, who was 89 on Tuesday, has had to cancel plans to be ringside at the SSE Arena, Wembley, because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be cheering Pulev on from across the Atlantic.

“I’m 89 and and 89-year-old without the vaccine shouldn’t be on the plane on an 11, 12-hour flight from LA to the UK,” he said. “My heart will be there, but I will be watching it on TV.”

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev is live on Sky Sports Box Office tomorrow.




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