ANT NO MESSING
Anthony Joshua had to be pulled away from Kubrat Pulev at their Friday weigh-in as the Saturday fight threatened to start early.
AJ got his giant right hand on the Bulgaraian’s left shoulder after the 40-year-old veteran overstepped the mark with whatever was being said underneath the masks.
After weighing in at 17st 2lbs, three pounds heavier than he was for the rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019, AJ said: “I don’t know what sparked that. That’s just how we are.
“He has spoken a lot of rubbish and now he has to back it up.
“I have seen so many fighters talk a load of rubbish and then get smacked up.
“If you don’t know boxing then that sort of thing could intimidate you but I could have whacked him up there but I have to save it for tomorrow.
“I sparred on Thursday so tonight will just be a shake-out.
“I have studied him and he thinks he is a warrior but he is up against a real one now.
“When people come in the ring with me they are confident but I take their soul away and get them out of there.”
Pulev looked in great shape for a 39-year-old veteran and it was confirmed that he had trimmed 9lbs off since his last fight back in November 2019.
“My physique is different,” he said. “I have a lot of experience.
“In amateur boxing I have more than 300 amateur fights, I don’t know how many.
“But in pro boxing, also 10 years, I don’t know maybe the physique with the years and fights comes stronger.”