RBR!!! Anthony Joshua (WBA, IBF, WBO & IBO) vs. Kubrat Pulev - December 12th 2020

Joshua vs. Pulev Winner and How?

  • Anthony Joshua Stoppage

    Votes: 31 70.5%
  • Anthony Joshua Decision

    Votes: 6 13.6%
  • Kubrat Pulev Decision

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Kubrat Pulev Stoppage

    Votes: 7 15.9%

  • Total voters
    44
  • Poll closed .
Oct 7, 2019
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I feel like Joshua should have knocked out Pulev hours ago
Indeed - on the front foot he gave Pulev problems. Boxing long, it exposed some of the technical flaws and rigidity to his game. AJ is a supreme athlete, but a pure "boxer" with fast hands can expose him. Notice how Pulev had some success with the right around the lead hand late on? I'm sorry, but that's pure catnip for a SugarHill Steward fighter
 
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Very good man! I felt AJ was best on the front foot against Pulev. I thought he'd get him out of there early; and he nearly did. Falling into a slow rhythm doesn't suit him. I can see a Kronk schooled Fury UD'ing him.
I would have been suprised if he went after him more given the ruiz fight, he did try and dropped him a second time, pulev is tough and could have caused aj to gas.

I always had fury winning, even before kronk and Wilder fights, his feet are too quick shame more people see that now, fury was a underdog not too long ago
 
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I would have been suprised if he went after him more given the ruiz fight, he did try and dropped him a second time, pulev is tough and could have caused aj to gas.

I always had fury winning, even before kronk and Wilder fights, his feet are too quick shame more people see that now, fury was a underdog not too long ago
I can see Fury vs Wilder I beating him, but the SugarHill link up seems even more calculated now. AJ quoted Larry Holmes after the fight, but boxing at range he doesn't have his shoulder cover his chin. I retain that Pulev has a very wide guard for a European fighter. The Kronk style negates that with the backhand in front of the chin (which is very retro). AJ could bulldoze Fury early, but I feel his IQ could expose AJ's chin. I'm curious after the Wilder fight. How many good rounds does he have at nearly 19 stone?
 
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I would have been suprised if he went after him more given the ruiz fight, he did try and dropped him a second time, pulev is tough and could have caused aj to gas.

I always had fury winning, even before kronk and Wilder fights, his feet are too quick shame more people see that now, fury was a underdog not too long ago
I fancy both versions of Fury tbh.
 
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Pulev’s always been a very good fighter.

He gets underrated because he got knocked out in 5 rounds by Klitschko but he only got knocked out so quick because he went on the front foot, made Wlad work & tried to win the fight making him more vulnerable to getting clipped.

If he just did an Eddie Chambers & tried to survive rather than win then he probably survives while late or goes to points but that’s not his style.

Back in his prime he dominated Tony Thompson & beat Chisora better than anyone except Haye & Fury in the rematch. Each to their own but I take that version of Pulev over Whyte, Parker & Ruiz. The current one might struggle late on due to his age but would still outbox them 3
previous Joshua opponents.

To still be competitive at 39 against Joshua was impressive. I thought he won rounds 5 & 6 & had a share of the opener. It was always a big ask for him as he doesn’t carry much single shot power but he acquitted himself as well as anyone could realistically expect of him at 39.
 
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People forget how bad wilder is, he was getting schooled by a 45 year old man before he knocked ortiz out, gerald Washington schooled him, the wilder performance was flattering for fury I've always said this for a while chisora on his day and Joe joyce would beat wilder. I honestly think that price being a tall rangy fighter and being southpaw would could also beat him (wilder doesnt do good against guys who have boxing fundamentals who are southpaw and who are taller then him) wilder cant apply pressure like chisora, Thompson, povertkin etc

Joshua will beat fury for the following reason, Joshua for me has just got some confidence back from the Ruiz Jr loss which still wasnt out of his head, you can tell from the tentative start he still was trying to warm into the fight and was overly cautious, he wont really act that way with fury because fury isnt a huge puncher.
By the time they get in the ring Joshua would have been the fresher fighter and fury would be coming in with over a years lay off.
 
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I can see Fury vs Wilder I beating him, but the SugarHill link up seems even more calculated now. AJ quoted Larry Holmes after the fight, but boxing at range he doesn't have his shoulder cover his chin. I retain that Pulev has a very wide guard for a European fighter. The Kronk style negates that with the backhand in front of the chin (which is very retro). AJ could bulldoze Fury early, but I feel his IQ could expose AJ's chin. I'm curious after the Wilder fight. How many good rounds does he have at nearly 19 stone?
I can see Fury controlling the pace and can AJ force the fight when he will need to? Also Fury whilst not being the biggest puncher out there you can’t just keep taking his right hands without becoming a little more cautious. AJ will have to target the body a lot during the fight but I’m saying that, I can see Fury really imposing himself in close range and bullying AJ up close.
 
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People forget how bad wilder is, he was getting schooled by a 45 year old man before he knocked ortiz out, gerald Washington schooled him, the wilder performance was flattering for fury I've always said this for a while chisora on his day and Joe joyce would beat wilder. I honestly think that price being a tall rangy fighter and being southpaw would could also beat him (wilder doesnt do good against guys who have boxing fundamentals who are southpaw and who are taller then him) wilder cant apply pressure like chisora, Thompson, povertkin etc

Joshua will beat fury for the following reason, Joshua for me has just got some confidence back from the Ruiz Jr loss which still wasnt out of his head, you can tell from the tentative start he still was trying to warm into the fight and was overly cautious, he wont really act that way with fury because fury isnt a huge puncher.
By the time they get in the ring Joshua would have been the fresher fighter and fury would be coming in with over a years lay off.
Speak more bollocks than AR558
 
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I can see Fury controlling the pace and can AJ force the fight when he will need to? Also Fury whilst not being the biggest puncher out there you can’t just keep taking his right hands without becoming a little more cautious. AJ will have to target the body a lot during the fight but I’m saying that, I can see Fury really imposing himself in close range and bullying AJ up close.
When Pulev had AJ box "slow" he actually looked average. AJ in a boxing match tends to shoot his jab somewhat below his shoulder. Pulev is shorter, but 194 isn't a drastic differentiation from 198.

You're right in that Fury can dictate, out-fox and out manpower AJ. I know he's not muscular, but AJ came in for Pulev at sub 17.5 stone. Tyson Fury is organically sub 19 and I reckon it will show in the clinch. People said about AJ's uppercut tonight, but it was very obvious. AJ has elite power, but Fury has elite brains. The elite boxer beats the elite puncher.

I seen enough tonight that would be catnip for Hitman Hearns. SugarHill is a calculated risk for Tyson.
 
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Pulev’s always been a very good fighter.

He gets underrated because he got knocked out in 5 rounds by Klitschko but he only got knocked out so quick because he went on the front foot, made Wlad work & tried to win the fight making him more vulnerable to getting clipped.

If he just did an Eddie Chambers & tried to survive rather than win then he probably survives while late or goes to points but that’s not his style.

Back in his prime he dominated Tony Thompson & beat Chisora better than anyone except Haye & Fury in the rematch. Each to their own but I take that version of Pulev over Whyte, Parker & Ruiz. The current one might struggle late on due to his age but would still outbox them 3
previous Joshua opponents.

To still be competitive at 39 against Joshua was impressive. I thought he won rounds 5 & 6 & had a share of the opener. It was always a big ask for him as he doesn’t carry much single shot power but he acquitted himself as well as anyone could realistically expect of him at 39.

I think, at large, AJ made a mistake allowing Pulev to box from the mid rounds. Most on here felt Pulev had the craft and the right hand to hit AJ a few times. Late on, he did.

I'm not knocking AJ's corner, but AJ's strongest success was on the front foot. AJ looked elite when he sat down on his punches and applied pressure. I know Ruiz hooked him with hand speed, but most heavyweights cannot live with AJ's power. Fury out gives him bother and Usyk dances around him - he could still knock both out though.
 
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AJ was overly emotional here. Maybe he was disappointed in his performance and things did not go the way he wanted.

Looking at the above video my guess is AJ would prefer to fight Usyk before Fury.

Hearn probably does not want anymore tune ups, or slip ups and would prefer Fury straight away.