Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev were supposed to meet a long time ago. Back in 2017, their fight was canceled due to Pulev’s injury, which was a great disappointment for all the fans around the globe. At the time, the bout in Cardiff at the Principality Stadium would have drawn more than 80,000 spectators, but unfortunately, Pulev hurt his shoulder.
Once these two negotiated a new clash this March, the boxing community was euphoric, and the hype immediately began to appear all over the media.
Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium was supposed to be the venue of this match for the unified WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight title of the world. The initial date of the bout was June 20, but since COVID-19 stopped all the sports events around the globe, this one also happened to be postponed.
Pulev was coming into this one as the IBF mandatory challenger and was seen as one of the most dangerous fighters Joshua fought.
But even so, all the best betting sites in PA, like these, saw the Brith as the absolute favorite here. His win was priced at 1/9, while on the other side, Pulev’s triumph was 7/1. A draw was set at 40/1. We can see how big of a favorite is Joshua just by seeing the odds on his victory via stoppage – 4/9.
After all, AJ is one of the best fighters in the world, if not the best. His latest fight against Andy Ruiz Jr. in which he annihilated the guy who inflicted him the only loss in his pro career, was the best possible proof that the upset in New York from June last year is successfully forgotten.
The Brit is fully focused on the upcoming challenges and is waiting to see the new details regarding the fight against the Bulgarian.
Kobra, as the fans call the 39-year old Pulev, is ahead of the biggest fight in his career. In 29 matches so far, he recorded 28 wins with one defeat, which was against Wladimir Klitschko in 2014. After that, he would beat among others, Dereck Chisora, Samuel Peter, Hughie Fury, and in the last match Rydell Booker. So we have to say that his CV is pretty solid.
There is no doubt that Pulev sees this as the crown of the entire career, and he will give everything in his power to create a sensation. The odds are not on his side, but then again, there’s no pressure for him, unlike Joshua. After Ruiz Jr., the critics were all over the 31-year old champ, suggesting that he has various flaws. Many of them are suggesting that one precise hit from Pulev might seal the win.
Odds on him to win via stoppage are 15/1, while on the other side to win via decision are 18/1. Three of the previous four victories the Bulgarian posted were after a decision. On the other side, Joshua to earn a triumph on scorecards is 11/4, and to do it after the 9th round is 5/6. Interestingly some bookies think that there are more chances to see AJ winning the battle in the later rounds. For instance, him to KO Kobra before round 3 was 2/1.
Some sources are claiming that this match could be rescheduled once again, with Pulev stepping aside and allowing Joshua to face Tyson Fury in the super-battle for the undisputed heavyweight champion. Of course, the Bulgarian would receive some sort of compensation for his gesture.
In that possible fight, Fury would be the favorite, with the odds at 1/2, while AJ’s would sit at 7/4, and a draw 28/1. What is impressive is that the bookies aren’t seeing him as the favorite in the possible fight against Deontay Wilder, who lost recently to Fury. Right now, if there was a fight, the odds on the Bronze Bomber are 11/10, while on the other side on Joshua 5/4. A draw is 25/1.
Even though he has more belts than any other fighter, Joshua needs to prove himself. And the contest against Pulev is the best way to do so.
The only attractive opponent against who he is, the favorite is Oleksandr Usyk. His win here is 1/2, Usyk’s 6/4. A draw is 25/1. The Ukrainian should face Dereck Chisora next, and he is the ultimate favorite there with his win sitting at 1/7. Chisora’s is 4/1, and a draw 33/1.