David Haye Exclusive: Joshua can beat Pulev and set up Fury fight

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Anthony Joshua's homecoming bout has been confirmed and he'll face Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June. Betfair ambassador David Haye expects an exciting clash...

"They’ll see if he can do the job better than Wladimir Klitscho did against Pulev, Klitschko knocking the Bulgarian out in five rounds to inflict his only defeat to date."

Number one in the division

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev on June 20 will get fans fans excited as it gives them the opportunity to see their other world heavyweight champion.

Boxing followers who recently enjoyed the hype surrounding that huge Las Vegas showdown involving Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, will now catch a glimpse of Joshua - the Brit with more belts than Fury.

Fans can judge who's best - Joshua or Fury

Fans will then be able to judge who they think is the number one fighter - Joshua or Fury - in the division on the strength of both performances.

Following Fury's win over Wilder it's easy to jump on the bandwagon and say he's top dog. But we've not seen Joshua fight Wilder. Maybe he would have done the same thing. We just don't know and that's what makes boxing so exciting.

The fight against Pulev will give fans supporters the chance to catch up on AJ's progress. They'll see if he can do the job better than Wladimir Klitscho who knocked the Bulgarian out in five rounds to inflict his only defeat to date.

Joshua v Fury in early 2021

If Anthony can put in a clean, clinical performance on his London return it will set up his second mandatory. Pulev ranks as the IBF mandatory and if AJ didn't fight Pulev he would be stripped of his belt.

AJ also has a WBO mandatory to deal with which is Oleksandr Usyk who will be fighting Derek Chisora in May. The way things stand at present, if Joshua beats Pulev he will then have to face the winner of Usyk v Chisora.

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Anthony will be kept busy in 2020 so I expect the big showdown against Fury to happen in 2021, if they both win their next fights - Fury beating Wilder and Joshua seeing off the challenge of Pulev and Usyk/Chisora.

This is the most likely scenario and we'll hopefully see Joshua v Fury in the early part of 2021. Another option is Wilder and Pulev taking some step aside money to withdraw from scheduled bouts and pave the way for Joshua v Fury to happen this year.

Biggest fight in history

I seriously doubt that will happen but it's a fight that is cooking very well and I have no issues with it being pushed back to 2021. It'll give a nice amount of time to build hype and really get everyone excited.

It will be one of the biggest heavyweight showdowns in history, certainly in terms of numbers and finances. If both men can remain champions until next year this contest will only grow in stature.

Chisora can cause mammoth upset

The heavyweight division is in great shape at the minute. Derek Chisora (pictured below, fighting Pulev), a fighter I manage, has a mission impossible, many people are telling me, against a fighter ranked in most pound-for-pound lists in Usyk.

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I believe Chisora is going to cause a mammoth upset and that would mean he could get a crack at Joshua's titles before Fury. It's all up in the air at the minute but it's very exciting.

Pulev shouldn't be taken lightly

Returning to the here and now, and we shouldn't overlook Pulev's chances in June. He brings a wealth of experience, being a European champion and has already beaten lots of fringe level contenders and has looked good doing so.

The only blemish on his record came against Klitschko, a fight he was doing OK in. Pulev hurt Klitschko in the first round with a solid jab but Wladimir, being the professional he was, found a way to win.

To ensure victory over Pulev, AJ needs to do what he does best. He should put his punches together, making use of his athleticism, speed and power.

We know AJ's immensely strong and powerful, but his boxing ability has improved since losing to Ruiz. There was a stark contrast in terms of speed, power and movement in what we saw from Joshua in New York and Saudi Arabia. If he can continue to improve, working with his coaches and studying both his opponents and himself, he can look good in the summer vs Pulev.

David Haye,

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