Anthony Joshua’s Next Challenger Finally Revealed
Heavyweight boxing star Anthony Joshua may have only got done with knocking out former world champion Wladimir Klitschko back in April, but it seems the next big thing in heavyweight boxing is already looking for another victim to send into the netherworld. The former bricklayer turned fearsome boxer TKO’d Klitschko in the eleventh round of their twelve round fight.
He had been tested early by the seasoned veteran but managed to land significantly damaging blows in the eleventh round, securing him the victory.
Now Joshua has been ordered to face the mandatory IBF challenger, Kubrat Pulev in his next world heavyweight title defence. Originally Joshua had thought he may have been fighting Klitschko once more, but the Ukrainian pugilist took too much time to consider his position, and instead, the UBF ordered that Joshua and Pulev fight next to avoid Joshua being stripped of his title.
So far it seems that the fight will be set to take place on October 28th at the Principality Stadium. With just a month away, Joshua is hard at work in camp to prepare for Pulev. According to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, if Joshua emerges victories then he will likely face the WBA’s Luis Ortiz, and could possibly then eye off a title unification bout with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Joshua is not looking to get ahead of himself though. While Pulev may be 36 years old, “The Cobra” is still a dangerous opponent. He currently holds the European heavyweight title, as well as the WBA intercontinental strap. In his most recent bout against Kevin Johnson, the Bulgarian boxer managed to control every part of the fight winning a 120-108 decision.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Johnson suffered his first knockout loss at the hands of Joshua back in 2015, and Pulev suffered his only knockout loss at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko back in 2014. Boxing analysts and fans alike will be running the “boxing math” on this matchup for a while, but if Joshua, who has already managed to TKO a legend like Klitschko early in his career, can manage to land a solid glove on Pulev then it could end up being an early night for the Bulgarian.
Given that none of his fights has ever gone the distance, we’re excited to see whether Joshua can take home another scalp or two before a fight with the fearsome Deontay Wilder.