With the Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev heavyweight championship bout fast approaching (December 12th), Bob Arum of Top Rank explains why he has Pulev beating Joshua.
“I’m involved with everybody, including Eddie (Hearn). I said ‘don’t make plans so quick for a Fury-Joshua fight because I think Pulev is going to beat Joshua,” Arum explained on the Gary Newbon Sports Show.
“Let me explain my theory. Joshua got knocked out by Andy Ruiz, who is not a puncher, never been a puncher, and I know that because thirty odd fights that Ruiz had, we promoted. He has quick hands, he’s not a bad heavyweight, but he’s not a puncher. He devastated Joshua and knocked him out.
“Then the second fight, what happened there? Joshua ran around the ring, Ruiz had celebrated so much and gotten so obese that he couldn’t catch him and that was the fight. So I think Joshua is still vulnerable and Pulev is a real tough, rugged heavyweight.”
“If Pulev beats Joshua, Eddie, for various considerations, has Pulev sign a rematch provision. So I assume if Pulev beats Joshua, Joshua will elect the rematch provision and that would make a second Joshua vs Pulev fight and so Tyson would have to look for another opponent.”
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