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Bob Arum Makes Outlandish Anthony Joshua Prediction For 2020

Bob Arum Makes Outlandish Anthony Joshua Prediction For 2020

Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum has made an outrageous prediction that Anthony Joshua will retire from boxing this year.

Joshua, 30, avenged his only defeat at the end of 2019 with his stunning victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

But the Brit superstar now faces calls from the IBF to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, while the WBO has ordered for him to fight Oleksandr Usyk this year.

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Now Arum, 88, believes that 'AJ' will walk away from the sport after his fight with Pulev.

The Top Rank chief told the Daily Express: "I'm going to make a big prediction here. [Next year] there will be no more Joshua.

"Everybody is overlooking that Bulgarian [Pulev] who has been training his a**e off in my gym.

"Let me tell you he's not coming in fat like Andy Ruiz. He's going to pressure Joshua and he can knock Joshua out."

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Joshua has been vocal about his desire to unify the heavyweight division and set up a mega-clash with the winner of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

But Fury's promoter, Frank Warren, has suggested that the two-time unified heavyweight champ stays out of the squared circle until a unification clash can be booked.

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"If I was Anthony Joshua, I wouldn't fight again until we know the winner of [Wilder-Fury] -- and then make the fight," the 67-year-old said.

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"I'd let them strip me of my titles, and not fight anybody until the big one because that's what the public want, they want to know who's the No 1.

"The No 3 and No 4 fought in Saudi Arabia. The No 1 and No 2 are fighting on February 22."

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Joshua, who could face Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in April, has insisted that he has at 'least 14 or 15 fights' left in him before his retirement.

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Topics: AJ, Boxing News, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Bob Arum

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