Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev: Bulgarian hires renowned trainer Joe Goossen ahead of bout

Anthony Joshua will defend his world heavyweight titles against a new and improved Kubrat Pulev on June 20 in London after it was confirmed the Bulgarian had hired world-renowned boxing trainer Joe Goossen. Pulev will aim to win the WBA, WBO and IBF belts at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Goossen has trained multiple top-tier fighters including Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Diego Corrales and Shane Mosley.

And now he will aim to change the career of Pulev, who was scheduled to face Joshua back in 2017 before pulling out with a shoulder injury.

Pulev has lost just once in his career – to Wladimir Klitschko – and he should represent a durable test for Joshua.

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AJ is expected to come through the bout and set up an undisputed world title fight with Tyson Fury.

But Goossen will be looking to halt those plans.

“I’ll be in the ring with Kubrat Pulev. I’m his new trainer,” Goossen said.


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“I’m gonna take off for Bulgaria next week and then to London for the press conference later this month.

“I spoke to his co-promoter Ivaylo Gotvez and it’s a done deal.

“I can’t wait. He’s a great fighter, he’s only lost once and that was to Klitschko.”

Pulev’s promoter Bob Arum believes Goossen will be able to help the 38-year-old in shocking the world by beating Joshua.


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“Joe is an excellent trainer, and Kubrat will be 100 percent ready to shock the world on June 20,” Arum said.

Top Ranks’s Pulev hiring Goossen follows on from promotional stablemate Tyson Fury acquiring SugarHill Steward as his new trainer just weeks before his fight with Deontay Wilder in February.

That change worked perfectly as Steward helped Fury secure a dominant stoppage victory over Wilder, despite working with each other for just seven weeks.

Goossen and Pulev will have just over three months to work on a game plan effective enough to beat a resurgent Joshua.

AJ lost his world titles last summer to Andy Ruiz Jr in New York before winning them back six months later in Saudi Arabia. 

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