Kubrat Pulev admits Anthony Joshua fight is 'terrifying'
- Anthony Joshua takes on Kubrat Pulev in Cardiff on October 28
- Bulgarian is Joshua’s mandatory challenger for the IBF title and will be a test
- But Pulev hardly talked up his chances when he admitted ‘the match will be terrifying’ but claimed ‘I have a good chance to win’
- Joshua said he is ‘prepared to go into the trenches’ in order to win if necessary
Kubrat Pulev has admitted he is ‘terrified’ by facing Anthony Joshua next month.
The Bulgarian is expected to mount a reasonable assault as Joshua’s mandatory challenger for the IBF title but did little to talk up his chances with his blunt admission ahead of the Cardiff bout on October 28.
Speaking through a translator, the 36-year-old said: ‘I feel great. I know the match will be terrifying but I feel physically energised and mentally ready and I have a good chance to win.’
Anthony Joshua (left) and Kubrat Pulev pose for photographs at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff ahead of their bout on October 28
Bulgarian Pulev was blunt about his chances, describing the prospect as ‘terrifying’
Lost in translation, perhaps, with Pulev is being billed as a stern opponent for Joshua, given his 25-1 record and his top three ranking with the WBC and WBO and his No 1 status at the IBF.
But Joshua will be heavy favourite in his first fight since stopping Wladimir Klitschko in a thriller in April.
He was dropped for the first time in his career that night at Wembley, but has vowed to show a different, more refined, style in his fifth world title fight.
Joshua said: ‘I’m looking forward to getting back into the ring. As soon as my last fight was over, I wanted to know what was next.
Joshua will be the strong favourite in the Cardiff fight after beating Wladimir Klitschko
Pulev is ranked top with the IBF and in the top three with the WBC and WBO
‘I’ve been ticking over, I’ve been training after I left the body to recover. I am looking forward to expressing a different approach. I want to show what I have learned from my last fight.
‘It is about finesse and out-classing your opponents, but if I have to go to war, I can go to war. I’m prepared to go into the trenches.
‘But sometimes I can be smart and wise and take an opponent out without going to the trenches. I just look for the win one way or the other.’
Fight promoter Eddie Hearn (right) looks on as Joshua speaks to the press on Monday
Joshua (left), pictured with Hearn and Pulev, said he is prepared to ‘go to war’ in order to win
On his opponent, Joshua said: ‘I learned that sometimes you can watch a million videos of your opponent but it is always different when you step into the ring.
‘I am starting to understand that when people come and fight me I have to be prepared for the strongest challengers.
‘It is not so much about making a statement to anyone, it is just showing what I have learned.’