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Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/28/17

Pulev vs. Joshua

Boxing: Saturday, October 28, 2017 (Principality Stadium)

The Line: Joshua -3300 / Pulev +1200 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev fight Saturday at Principality Stadium for IBF World Heavyweight Title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 19-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua will fight for the second time this year and is defending his belt for a fourth time. Joshua is a 28-year-old who stands at 6’6”, 82 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Widely considered the best heavyweight in the world, Joshua is the total package in terms of power, footwork, IQ and hand speed. There’s very few weaknesses in Joshua’s game, although he was knocked down in his last bout and showed some chinks in the armor for the first time in his career. Joshua has ended 18 of his 19 fights in the seventh round or earlier and showed he has the endurance to still be effective in the later rounds if needed. It’s going to take a special performance from a special boxer to outclass Joshua when he’s on his game. Joshua has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace. 

Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/28/17

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Kubrat Pulev enters this fight with a 25-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Pulev has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off a April win over Kevin Johnson. Pulev hasn’t lost since his 2014 bout with Wladimir Klitschko and has a shot at easily the biggest win of his career. Pulev is a 36-year-old who stands at 6’4” and has an orthodox stance. Pulev is a smart boxer who uses his range well and doesn’t allow his opponents to get comfortable. A physical and large boxer, Pulev doesn’t allow boxers to lean on him and box from the inside, so he forces his opponent to fight his style fight. Pulev does a good job of finding openings in his opponents defense and lands with great accuracy. Pulev isn’t known for his punching power, but he has produced stoppages in six of his last 10 victories. This will be Pulev’s first fight in the United Kingdom.   

This is a cool fight in terms of big names and ticket sales, but I have a hard time imagining anybody thinks Pulev can win this fight. Pulev doesn’t have the power to match Joshua, and he’s 36 years old who has spent the past couple of years fighting guys who are washed up. While victories are victories, beating Johnson and Samuel Peter at this stage of their careers isn’t convincing me he has enough in the tank to beat one of the top pound for pound and the best heavyweight in the world. Joshua is the bigger and more powerful fighter, and he proved he can overcome adversity while having enough stamina to finish things in the later rounds. This is likely going to be another stoppage for the hometown fighter.

Joshua remains undefeated.

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