Bulgaria’s number 1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev has once again made a promise to his fans and the world that he’ll be the one walking out with the IBF, WBO, and WBA heavyweight titles after his upcoming fight with the unified champion Anthony Joshua.
The pair is set to clash on December 12 in London.
Pulev is the IBF mandatory challenger for almost two years now. The Bulgarian defeated Hughie Fury back in October 2018, regaining his number 1 spot. “The Cobra” had to fight Joshua in 2017, but the Bulgarian was forced to withdraw just two weeks before the bout because of a chest injury.
Now the Bulgarian believes his time has come and he vows to make it count.
“This is going to be a mind game and a chess game for as long as it lasts – a master chess game – but the only difference is the end is going to come like lightning.” Pulev insisted in a recent interview with Betway Insider blog. “I can tell the fans that I will expose AJ again and prove they have been idolizing the wrong guy. I will expose him to the world for a second time.”
“I have been watching his fights carefully. He has a good style and he is a good specimen, but he has not shown any mental toughness,” insists the 39-year old Pulev, who has won eight straight since a 5th round knockout loss to Wladimir Klitschko in a failed November 2014 title bid. “Yes, he has skills, but he hasn’t shown the mental strength. This is something from within, in the blood of a man, and he does not have it.
“Whatever mental toughness he’s got, I know I’m the harder person. This is the difference – my toughness will prevail.”