World Boxing Champ, Anthony Joshua.
Nigerian British born World Boxing Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua (AJ) is to trade punches with Bulgarian Pugilist, Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Stadium, London on June 20 in what is termed acclimatization bout for AJ.
AJ’s Boxing promoter who announced this said though the purse of the bout have not received a nod, it will AJ’s bout on British soil since he slammed Povetkin in September 2018.
Pulev is considered a boxer with a high level of boxing IQ and great jabs who is better than Andy Ruiz who AJ dumped in round 7 of their last encounter but Pulev according to Hearns is the mandatory IBF opponent for AJ. Pulev has a 28-1 record, his only loss to man mountain Russian, Wladmir Klitschko in 2014 via a knock out.
Although there are speculations that AJ’s next opponent after the June 20 bout may be Deontay Wilder who was few days ago forced to throw in the towel by Tyson Fury the Boxing world is saying a bout between four belt holder Anthony Joshua and the Brit WBC champ, Tyson Fury is inevitable.
The Pulev vs AJ bout is seen as a good preparation for the Tyson Fury Anthony Joshua bout already tagged “BOSS FIGHT’’ BECAUSE THEY ARGUE IT WILL DETERMINE Brit’s greatest boxer since both world Heavyweight title holders, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are Brits.
AJ’s trainer, Rob McCracker agrees that AJ-Fury bout has to happen but the father of the 31 year old Fury has said when AJ receives his son’s punch the Nigerian Brit would run.
Anthony Joshua recovered his four belts from a rather sluggish fighter, Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia and since then boxing pundits say AJ, Tyson Fury and Deotay Wilder are the current three greats of world Heavyweight boxing class.
Anthony Joshua made his home country go agog when he visited Nigeria in February and was not available in America to watch the Wilder – Fury bout. AJ who visited the National Identity Management to obtain his national Id card will be back this March to be installed as Ajagungbade of Remoland, a top chieftaincy title. It was not however clear if the 81 year old paramount ruler of Yorubaland, His Royal Majesty, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi himself a classified boxer will be at the ceremony.
Patmos Media Line reports that the De la crème of Nigerian musicians, including Femi Anikulapo Kuti, Davido, Olu Aye of Fuji, Ayinde Marshall, a female friend of AJ DJ Cupid, and the Remo Bonsue Fuji exponent, will be performing at the installation.
Feelers from the Nigerian seat of Government, Aso Villa says President Muhammadu Buhari is packaging his team that may be led by his Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo who hails from Remoland. You will recall that AJ visited the Nigerian President at the Nigerian House in London where he prostrated to greet the 72 year old Baba Buhari a Yoruba act of respect that stunned Buhari himself thinking of the niche AJ had carved for himself in the world.
- Eniola Olatunji.