ANTHONY Joshua has shown signs of being over confidence against Kubrat Pulev to think about Tyson Fury, his upcoming opponent’s manager has said. Joshua’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles are on the line against Pulev on December 12, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and he then expects to meet Fury next year to decide the division’s undisputed champion. But thinking too far ahead is an error welcomed by Pulev, his manager Ivaylo Gotsev has warned.
Asked if Pulev had thought ahead to 2021 and a fight against Fury with every belt at stake, Gotsev told Sky Sports: “Absolutely not. We will let AJ and [his promoter] Eddie Hearn make that mistake.
“We are only focused on AJ.
“You could call it a mistake or call it being green, to overlook the opponent that is in front of you.
“In 30 years in boxing, I’ve seen too many things go wrong when you look too far ahead.
Pulev’s only defeat came against Wladimir Klitschko in 2013
Bulgaria’s Pulev has only lost to Wladimir Klitschko in 29 fights, and has since beaten Derek Chisora and Hughie Fury.
“He has seen styles before like AJ’s,” Gotsev insisted.
“AJ is a great specimen who punches very hard and is very athletic but he has holes too. He isn’t the complete package.
“Pulev can avoid the strengths and exploit the weaknesses.” Pulev has noted the differences in Joshua since he was shocked by Andy Ruiz Jr last year, his manager claimed.
“AJ showed it clearly in his second fight with Ruiz Jr when he just ran around,” Gotsev said. “His last fight showed who AJ really is.
“Kubrat is a different type of challenge. AJ must make a lot of adjustments from facing a short, heavy guy to someone whose footwork is one of his best assets and who is the same size.”