Thursday, 03 August 2017 16:00

Joshua vs Pulev odds, date

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Fight legend Wladimir Klitschko, instead of agreeing to his much-anticipated rematch with IBF/WBA champion Anthony Joshua,  retired earlier today.

Thus, the champion will face Kubrat Pulev instead.

(Image courtesy of Sky Sports)

The tentative date is November 11 and the location is still to be determined.

Why Pulev?
Joshua holds the IBF and WBA titles and Pulev is the IBF's mandatory contender. Luiz Ortiz is the WBA's mandatory opponent but, from a risk vs reward perspective, it makes more sense for Joshua to face Pulev and relinquish his WBA crown.

Neither Pulev nor Ortiz is a big name, and the former is less of a threat to Joshua. Given Anthony would probably earn comparable paychecks in both scenarios, it makes business-sense to face the opponent who possess the lesser threat.

Joshua vs Pulev odds
At this moment, the odds are tremendous.

William Hill
Kubrat Pulev    9/1
Anthony Joshua  1/25

Kubrat Pulev    10/1
Anthony Joshua  1/25

Pulev, who doesn't match-up well with Joshua, is a 9-10 to underdog against the champion but once fans start learning more about Kubrat, we expect the odds to tighten a little.

Kubrat Pulev, in the words of former two-time boxing champion Greg Haugen, is no 'Tijuana taxi driver.'

The 6′ 4½″/194cm well-schooled challenger boasts an extensive amateur pedigree and represented Bulgaria at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China as a Super Heavyweight (+91 kg). As a professional, he's 25-1 with 11 KOs and his lone defeat was a 5th Round stoppage at the hands of Wladmir Klitschko in 2014.


Klitschko vs Pulev - 2014 highlights

Joshua vs Pulev

Date: November 11 (tentative)


Broadcast (not confirmed):
SKY Sports (UK); Showtime (U.S.)

Division: Heavyweight

Titles: IBF
Champion: Joshua

Favorite: Joshua

A pro since 2009, the 36 year old Bulgarian has already beaten some formidable foes:

Matt Skelton (then 22-4) Result: KO 4
Derric Rossy (then 25-3) Result: TKO 5
Travis Walker (then 38-6-1) Result: UD 12
Alexander Dimitrenko (then 32-1) Result: KO 11
Alexander Ustinov (then 27-0) Result: KO 11
Tony Thompson (then 38-3) Result: UD 12
Dereck Chisora (ten 25-5): Result: SD 12

The Bulgarian 'Cobra' has above average hand speed and fights sporadically behind a combination of jabs and feints, which he ultimately uses to set up the straight right down the middle or overhand right. He also boasts an educated jab and likes to slip and counter effectively under and over the lead left hand. However, he has never beaten an opponent with the kind of explosiveness, skills and athleticism of Anthony Joshua. And because he doesn't possess world class power, Pulev may have to try to win via decision with clean, accurate, and effective punching.

I don't believe Pulev has the tools to overcome the strengths and exploit the weaknesses of the heavyweight champion.

Kubrat Pulev highlights

Leroy Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.