Joshua vs Pulev Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds (Boxing - 12.12.2020)

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Joshua vs Pulev Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds (Boxing - 12.12.2020)
One of the most highly-anticipated boxing bouts of the year will get underway this Saturday as World Champion Anthony Joshua puts his four heavyweight titles on the line against Bulgarian boxer Kubrat Pulev. Below you’ll find our betting preview for Joshua vs Pulev, alongside the highest odds currently available to back.

When Is Joshua vs Pulev & How to watch it? 

Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev will finally meet on 12 December, after several delays, including an injury suffered by Pulev which canceled their fight in 2017, and the pandemic creating another postponement from June 2020.

The fight, live from the Wembley's SSE Arena in London in front of 1,000 fans, will be streamed live by Sky Sports Box Office. You can also watch Joshua vs Pulev online through the Sky Sports Box Office app and website.

The Joshua vs. Pulev fight will be also available on DAZN in most territories around the world (excluding the UK and Ireland).

Live coverage will start on 7PM GMT with Joshua and Pulev expected to make their ring walks about 10:30 PM UK Time.

On a packed Joshua vs Pulev bill, cruiserweight contender Lawrence Okolie collides with Nikodem Jezewski, while there is even more heavyweight action as Hughie Fury faces Mariusz Wach, and Martin Bakole battles Sergey Kuzmin.

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Who is the favourite?   

Best price available on Joshua to win is 1/8 with Betfred (but 888sport are offering a 6/1 boost on AJ).

The Bulgarian is a huge underdog - 7/1 with GentingBet (or 55/1 with 888sport's enhanced odds).

Enhanced Odds

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Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev betting preview     

Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Andy Ruiz Jr. last December to regain the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles that he shockingly lost in the first match. Six months earlier AJ was floored four times by the Mexican on route to a seventh-round defeat. That was the first loss of his career. Now, the Briton can set up an undisputed bout with Tyson Fury next year by overcoming his mandatory challenger.

Joshua has claimed 21 of his victories inside the distance, notably finishing off Wladimir Klitschko, Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin in the second half of those bouts. Anyway, he showed an evolution to his game his last time out, looking more like a traditional boxer, sticking and moving to avoid any punches coming his way. A similar gameplan will be necessary against Pulev.

Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) is the IBF’s No.1-ranked Heavyweight Mandatory Challenger. He has suffered his only defeat with a fifth-round knockout by Wladimir Klitschko. That was his first and only contest for a world title so far. Since that night in Hamburg, the Bulgarian has won eight consecutive fights, defeating the likes of Derek Chisora, Kevin Johnson and Hughie Fury along the way. Pulev’s last fight was in November last year when he defeated Rydell Booker of the USA by a Unanimous Decision after 10 rounds. Three of his last four outings have gone the distance, though he faced less dangerous opponents than AJ.

"Kobrata" Pulev works well behind his jab but has to be in close proximity to really fire it. He is noticeably a lot lighter on his feet than his British opponent and here he will need to make the most of that footwork to step into range then step back out of range. Pulev should make constant use of his jab to stay far away from AJ's power.

Tale of the Tape  

Anthony JoshuaKubrat Pulev
Age: 31Age: 39
Height: 6ft 6inHeight: 6ft 4in
Reach: 82inReach: 79in
Stance: OrthodoxStance: Orthodox
Total Fights: 24Total Fights: 29
Wins: 23Wins: 28
Wins by KO: 21Wins by KO: 14
Losses: 1Losses: 1
Draws: 0Draws: 0

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Joshua vs Pulev Predictions   

In our opinion, Joshua should easily come through and make a statement by getting the job done in clinical fashion ahead of a potential bout with Tyson Fury.

Anyway, if you're sticking a tenner on Anthony Joshua to win, enjoying your £1 profit should he do the business will not be a big deal. AJ is that short with most bookies. Hence, you've got to find enhanced odds or get creative. 

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  • William Hill Betting BonusMethod of Victory
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