Anthony Joshua Lacked Confidence Against Kubrat Pulev- Peter Fury

Published 12/15/2020, 10:10 AM EST
Boxing – Heavyweight World Title Fight – Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – December 12, 2020 Anthony Joshua enters the arena before the fight Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


Anthony Joshua regained his heavyweight dominance when he knocked out Kubrat Pulev in the 9th round to defend his unified belts on December 12th.

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It wasn’t a lopsided win as Joshua had to fight his way through the Bulgarian. However, ‘AJ’ clearly outboxed his opponent and secured 4 knockdowns before the referee waved off the contest.

The result has brought Anthony Joshua a lot of praise as people are billing him against WBC champion Tyson Fury in 2021. But Tyson Fury’s uncle, Peter Fury, believes Joshua needed more confidence inside the ring.

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He claims to have seen hesitance in Joshua’s landing abilities, citing it as a problem for his future fights. Although he hailed the unified champion for a sensational win, Peter Fury still pinpointed the flaws which might not sit well with Joshua’s fans.

He connected with iFL TV to offer his two cents on the same. While Fury vs Joshua is on the brink of falling in place, Peter Fury just intensified the tale with his suggestions.

He said, “Joshua is very calm, calculated. He is putting his shots together well, a little bit hesitant, a little bit hesitant for me. Almost like sometimes, you know lacked a little bit of confidence, I thought.”

He added, “Because he was waiting a long time, but when he did, when he did ignite, you know and the fire lit, he really put them shots together well.

“Let’s put it this way. You can only beat the man who is in front of you, and Pulev was always going to be a problem. He is a good fighter, Pulev.”

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury- A fight for the ages

Despite beating Pulev, it still doesn’t pose Joshua as the favorite against the unbeaten WBC champion Tyson Fury.

‘The Gypsy King’ is still fresh off his KO win over Deontay Wilder in February. Several fans tout him as the best heavyweight of this generation, and Joshua has to go all the way to vanquish him.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Deontay Wilder in the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

But, ‘AJ’ also has his fair share of chances in the mix. He just beat one of the best heavyweight boxers to defend his belts and has evolved a lot since losing to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019.

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A fight between him and Fury will arguably determine the best heavyweight boxer of this era. Bob Arum has already named it as the greatest heavyweight championship fight since Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier in 1971.

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Do you think AJ can torpedo The Gypsy King’s unbeaten run?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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