Anthony Joshua reveals Wladimir Klitschko has given him advice on Kubrat Pulev after knocking out Bulgarian in 2014
Anthony Joshua admitted he has taken Wladimir Klitschko’s advice on how to deal with Kubrat Pulev with ‘a pinch of salt’.
The WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion will defend his titles at the SSE Arena in Wembley on Saturday night as he aims to secure a legacy-defining fight with Tyson Fury in 2021.
Joshua must first get past resilient Bulgarian Pulev on Saturday night, however, knowing victory over the 39-year-old mandatory challenger will surely clear the path for a shot at ‘The Gypsy King’.
Yet overlooking a challenger is a mistake AJ is unlikely to make anytime soon after being shocked in New York 18 months ago by Andy Ruiz Jr.
Pulev is certainly no joke, despite the many years on his clock, with just one defeat to his name from 29 professional bouts.
His sole loss came six years ago to Klitschko himself, with ‘Dr Steelhammer’ knocking the challenger out with a series of brutal left hooks to retain his world titles.
Despite the convincing manner of that performance in Germany all those years ago, Joshua admits he is reluctant to take Klitschko’s word as gospel as he knows each and every world heavyweight title fight presents different opportunities and challenges.
“We spoke about the Pulev fight,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “This was like four weeks ago.
“And I’m probably going to catch up with him again now that you’ve just mentioned it. He has his views.
“But every fighter… so Pulev vs Klitschko is different to the Pulev vs Joshua. Pulev vs Klitschko was different to Klitschko vs Joshua. They’re completely different fights.
“So even though Klitschko has been in with both of us, the fights were so different.
“So even though Klitschko is going to give me advice on how to deal with Pulev, I have to take it with a pinch of salt.
“Because the Pulev I am going to be fighting is completely different from the Pulev that Klitschko was fighting.”