Veteran promoter Bob Arum claims Kubrat Pulev will finish Anthony Joshua’s boxing profession within the Brit’s subsequent combat.
AJ gained again his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles with a convincing factors victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia final weekend.
Pulev, the 38-year-old Bulgarian fighter, is mendacity in wait because the IBF’s necessary challenger, though the WBO need Joshua to defend their title towards Oleksandr Usyk.
Nonetheless, Pulev’s promoter Arum absolutely expects his shopper to get the subsequent shot on the champion and predicts a devastating final result.
“Let me allow you to in on a secret,” the 88-year-old informed talkSPORT. “You could agree or disagree.
“However by that point [end of 2020], there ain’t going to be an Anthony Joshua as a prime fighter.
“I’ve bought a Bulgaria named Pulev who’s going to knock him on his ass in his subsequent combat.
“I feel everyone seems to be in settlement that Pulev might be subsequent.”
Arum additionally promotes for Tyson Fury, who faces a heavily-anticipated rematch with WBC champion Deontay Wilder on February 22 following their controversial draw final 12 months.
Joshua is but to combine it with Fury or Wilder, a lot to the frustration of boxing followers, with the three fighters broadly thought-about the very best within the heavyweight division.
However Arum sees no motive why there gained’t be an all-British showdown after Fury’s rematch with Wilder.
“So far as I’m involved, why not,” Arum added. “Tyson Fury is healthier than every other heavyweight on this planet.
“The Joshua combat could be an enormous combat, after Wilder, however I haven’t spoken to Tyson about it.
“For me, I’d say deliver it on!”