Kubrat Pulev’s boxing promoter Kalle Sauerland says his fighter will upset world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua next month.
Joshua – unbeaten in 19 professional fights – is the favourite against Pulev.
But Sauerland says he has spotted three glaring weaknesses in Joshua’s game.
Sauderland believes Pulev will exploit those flaws when the two boxers collide at the 80,000 capacity Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28.
Here are Joshua’s weaknesses, according to an interview Sauderland had with Sky Sports:
“He’s open for a punch”
Sauerland says Joshua is a “great champion” but is still “learning on the job” as his defence remains suspect.
“Joshua still has ring inexperience”
Sauerland says Joshua has only really been in one big fight (against Wladimir Klitschko), earlier this year. Pulev, in contrast, has been in a number of big fights against many taller opponents.
“Joshua outpunched himself in the 5th round against Klitschko”
Sauerland implies Joshua may have stamina issues and if he punches himself out against Pulev next month, then Pulev could do what Klitschko failed to – put Joshua down and out for good.
This is not the first time Joshua’s abilities have been criticised. Former five-weight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather invited Joshua to his Las Vegas gym in May so he could “tighten that defence up.“
Sauerland adds: “If Pulev gets into the situation that Klitschko got in, there’s only one winner.”
Sauerland did reserve praise for Joshua. “Anthony’s strengths – his speed, his power, his youth, his athleticism, are there for all to see.”
But Pulev’s experience against “big guys” could, Sauerland argues, give him an edge.”Look at the people he has defeated – [Alexander] Dimitrenko, Tony Thompson, [Alexander] Ustinov, all guys who are at the peak of their careers when he fought them.
“He has beaten them [big guys] before, and has got a huge pedigree.”
Pulev himself is confident of victory. He told iFL TV: “I believe I will knock Joshua out. I believe I win.”