Joshua vs Pulev Heavyweight Boxing Championship Fight Live Stream Info
Anthony Joshua will be defending his WBA, IBF, and WBO titles against Kubrat Pulev on Saturday, 12 December 2020, at the O2 Arena in London, UK. The title clash was initially scheduled to take place in June, but got delayed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Before that, AJ was supposed to fight Pulev in 2017, which was postponed due to Pulev picking up an injury. A very small crowd will be allowed into the grounds due to the ongoing COVID-19 restriction measures in England. The UK Government was pressing ahead with plans to allow spectators back at indoor and outdoor events from December 2, when the nationwide lockdown will be on hiatus. President Boris Johnson announced his intention to let the spectators into indoor and outdoor venues in a limited number. The number of viewers is still unconfirmed, but is expected to be at least 1000.
Joshua vs Pulev: Fight Info
- Titles: AJ’s WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO World heavyweight titles are all on the line.
- The 12-round heavyweight title fight is scheduled for Saturday, December 12 at The O2 Arena in London.
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Joshua v Pulev: TV channel and live stream Info
Uk fans can watch Joshua v Pulev fight by Sky Sports Box Office at a cost of £24.95.
US fans can watch the event live via DAZN. DAZN app and platform & also Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Switzerland and Austria. 1 month of DAZN is $19.99, while 1 year costs $99.99.
The pundits are divided in their opinions regarding who has the upper hand in this clash between two heavyweights. Top Rank’s Boby Arum has predicted that Kubrat Pulev will defeat the current champion, and considers Pulev to be bigger and faster. Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn considers Anthony Joshua to retain his title by knocking out his opponent in the upcoming clash. Let’s take a look at the numbers and try to wrap our heads around the battle.
What do the Numbers Say?
Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev both have lost just one fight each in their heavyweight careers. Kubrat Pulev has played more games than Joshua, his 29 against Joshua’s 24. Kubrat’s boxing career is also longer. He has been in the ring for 11 years compared to Joshua’s 7. Kubrat is 39 years old and 6 feet 4 inches tall, whereas the 31-year-old Joshua is 6 feet 6 inches. Joshua’s taller stature may help him with speed and reach.
21 of Joshua’s 23 victories have been knockouts. As a result, he has boxed just 103 rounds, with an impressive average winning round of 4.2. This record is indeed spectacular, but it also translates into less playing rounds for the world champion. Kubrat Pulev has boxed more than 200 rounds and most of his wins have been decision victories. Pulev is expected to be cautious about Joshua’s killing blows and earn as many points as he can. Pulev certainly has the pedigree and experience to challenge the champion for his titles.
Record & Stat:
Joshua has the record of knocking 16 of his 23 opponents in just 3 rounds, which is an alarming statistic for his opponents. Pulev will certainly be cautious of Joshua’s deadly knockout blows and will instead try to capitalize on points. Pulev’s 12 victories have come from unanimous decisions as opposed to just 2 UD victories of the Knockout specialist Joshua.
Joshua and Pulev have had 4 common opponents in the past. Joshua knocked out 2 of them within the first rounds where Pulev hanged on to them longer. Wladimir Klitschko was the only one amongst the four common opponents of Joshua and Pulev. Klitschko was undoubtedly in his prime and almost knocked out Joshua too. Notably, Klitschko was the only opponent to beat Pulev.
It is expected that Pulev will try to win on points against Joshua. Joshua has always been the aggressor in the ring. Joshua typically dances around the ring looking for opportunities to knock his opponents down in the earlier rounds. But after Joshua was knocked out by Andy Ruiz, tasting his own medicine for the first time. Joshua behaved like a more traditional boxer, making defensive moves to protect himself. Joshua is perceived to have learned from his mistakes in his single defeat. Pulev’s style is different and more conservative than Joshua’s. Pulev will certainly try to earn as many points as he can against Joshua.