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In the span of six months last year, Anthony Joshua went from having the worst moments of his career to obtaining his moment of resurrection. On Saturday,
he’ll try to continue that momentum when he defends his belts against a well-respected former title challenger doesn’t have a great chance to win. Here’s everything you need to know about Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev, including the odds, their records and a prediction on who will win.
From June 2019, when Joshua lost his heavyweight championship by getting knocked out by Andy Ruiz in one of the biggest boxing upsets in history to their rematch last December when Joshua boxed his way to a careful victory against a woefully out-of-shape Ruiz, the popular British heavyweight has had quite a ride.
“The pressure that I went through last year was tough, but it made me mentally stronger. I grew a thicker skin. I’ve always been tough and wanted to fight the best, that’s never been an issue,” Joshua said.
“What have I got to lose? I’ve got everything to gain. I want to be successful in boxing and the only way to be successful is take on big challenges. This is just another one I’m looking forward to competing with.”
Though Pulev potentially is dangerous, it’s also hard for observers not to look ahead to 2021 when Joshua could take on Tyson Fury in what would be the biggest fight in British boxing history. But if Friday’s weigh-in was any indication, Joshua and Pulev are focused completely on each other.
“This is what he’s trained for his entire life,” Ibn Cason, Pulev’s trainer, said. “This is a big opportunity. It’s a trying time in the world right now and he [Kubrat] has a chance to take people’s minds off it and take the victory
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If you were looking for a fun parlay for this weekend’s action of boxing (and this is only my opinion and not a recommendation), I might take Joshua with the KO victory at -300,
Chris Colbert to win by decision against Jaime Arboleda on Showtime at -125, and Shakur Stevenson to go under 8.5 rounds vs. Toka Kahn Clary on ESPN at +105. Win all three of those wagers, and you’d walk away with nearly $400 on a $100 bet.
Before the first Ruiz fight, Joshua had built up an impressive record by beating the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte. Now that he’s gotten his revenge on Ruiz, Joshua can go back to claiming that he’s beaten every man he’s faced. His record is 23-1 with 21 KOs.