Anthony Joshua Rates Himself Awfully Against Kubrat Pulev

Published 03/11/2021, 7:00 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 06: Anthony Joshua during the press conference for Andy Ruiz Jr. v Anthony Joshua 2 ‘Clash on the Dunes’ at the Hilton Syon Park on September 06, 2019 in London, England. Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will have a Heavyweight World Title rematch fight on December 7th 2019 in the historical town of Diriyah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Anthony Joshua is the brightest prospect in heavyweight boxing at present. The Brit’s skill sets are an amalgamation of power, ring IQ, and a stern mindset. In his last fight against Kubrat Pulev, Joshua showcased what he’s made of. He overpowered the Bulgarian and put on one of his most gratifying career wins.

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Despite that, ‘AJ’ was unimpressed with his performance and felt that he wasn’t at his peak.

Speaking to JD Official, Joshua spilled the beans on his last performance.

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“For me, I still give myself a four because I have got so many styles to my game because if you notice in that fight the one-two may not have been landing, so I had to look for the uppercut, then I and to look for certain hooks around the side,” he said.

Boxing – Heavyweight World Title Fight – Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – December 12, 2020 Anthony Joshua in action against Kubrat Pulev Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

Right from the first bell, ‘AJ’ walked over Pulev. He dominated every second of the fight and didn’t let the latter take control of the ring. But he rated himself 4/10 as he felt he wasn’t up to the mark. This showed the fans the level he holds himself at as a champion.

Joshua had to make several adjustments in this fight and that’s how he bagged a sensational win in round 9.

However, the 31-year-old assured his fans that he’s bringing a prolific transition to his current game-plan and he’s supremely confident of beating any and every opponent with his new techniques.

Can Anthony Joshua bring an eye-catchy game-plan for the Tyson Fury fight? 

The only important fight for Anthony Joshua next is a battle with fellow Brit Tyson Fury. It is one of the most awaited clashes of 2021 and predominantly this era. Both Joshua and Fury will battle each other out for the undisputed heavyweight title.

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That said, this fight will play a pivotal role in both the pugilists’ extensive careers. In the above interview, ‘AJ’ talked about bringing a major revamp to his game plan so that he can dispatch any and every opponent with ease. These alternative plans will be in full swing at the gym, and it’ll be interesting to see what Joshua puts on the table in his upcoming bout.

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate ‘AJ’s performance against Kubrat Pulev?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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