After many staggering matches and TKO defeat against Andy Ruiz in mid-2019, a lot of people were sceptical of Anthony Joshua’s chin.
Boss Bob Arum doubted Anthony Joshua’s ability to withstand the blow. Top Rank Boxing CEO, former boss Bob Arum has recently suggested that Kubrat Pulev is capable of KO Anthony Joshua in the upcoming match. Bob Arum previously promoted Andy Ruiz, who shocked the world by defeating TKO Anthony Joshua in June 2019.
Despite the rematch in December last year, Anthony Joshua has regained what was lost, but the TKO blemish against Ruiz still makes many people doubt Anthony Joshua’s ability to fight against heavy opponents.
As Arum explained, Andy Ruiz was never a heavyweight puncher and often had difficulty repelling low-ranking boxers when he came close. Therefore, Arum thought that Kubrat Pulev, the fighter whom he judged better than Ruiz, would defeat Joshua.
Kubrat Pulev is a heavyweight fighter.
“He doesn’t have a hard chin. I knew Andy Ruiz before he fought Joshua. We promoted most of Andy Ruiz’s games except Alexander Dimitrenko. So we know Ruiz and know what he’s good at and bad at all. We know his hands are fast, his chin is hard, but he’s not the type of fighter or knockout someone else,” said Bob Arum.
Mr. Arum added: “Trust me, look at his leaderboard. He always beats fat guys like him and still can’t knock out them. Joshua’s Ruiz knockout means what Joshua’s chin is very problematic. If you compare Ruiz and Pulev, Pulev is a much better fighter than Andy Ruiz. So if Ruiz has KO Joshua’s ability, Pulev is too.”
Kubrat Pulev will be in the same stage with Anthony Joshua for the IBF, WBO, WBA, IBO belt on June 20. However, because the COVID-19 epidemic situation is quite intense, the match may be postponed to July 25.