Kubrat Pulev has declared the learning experience he took from a 2014 defeat to Wladimir Klitschko will put him in good stead to face Anthony Joshua on Saturday, October 28, insisting his upcoming opponent still has things to learn about his game.
While Joshua defeated Klitschko this past April to win the vacant WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight championships, Bulgarian Pulev suffered his only career defeat to the Ukrainian three years ago, when he was knocked out in the fifth round.
With a little more than two weeks left until the pair collide at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, 9/1 (10.00) Pulev believes he has the tools to end Joshua’s reign atop the heavyweight ranks:
“I don’t just say I learnt this or that from the Klitschko fight. I learnt many things. From one loss, a man learns more than when he wins.
“When you win you think you are the number one and nothing more is needed. A loss makes you do more and more. I see now that I was not ready for Klitschko, maybe I was too young, but now my preparation is much better, I feel stronger and I am ready.”
Joshua was forced to accept the offer of taking on mandatory challenger Pulev and defend his WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles, leading as a massive 1/25 (1.04) favourite with Ladbrokes.
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Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev Odds
Anthony Joshua: 1/25 (1.04)
Kubrat Pulev: 9/1 (10.00)
Draw: 33/1 (34.00)