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Anthony Joshua says he will no longer answer questions about the Tyson Fury fight until he faces a motivated Kubrat Pulev in London on Saturday.
“When people ask about Fury, I think I’m focusing on Pulev,” Joshua, 31, said.
“What I’ve learned is that I’m not going to worry about entertaining him anymore. “
Speaking to 5 Live Boxing, he added, “All other conversations about future opponents can come the night after the fight. “
The fight, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live, will take place in front of 1,000 fans.
“It will be good for them. I’m focusing on Pulev, ”he reiterated. “No disrespect for the fans who are coming, I have a serious job to do and I will enjoy the victory afterwards. “
‘Vulnerable’ AJ and Pulev’s ‘character’
Joshua will risk his IBF, WBA and WBO world titles against Pulev, 39, and talks continue to intensify over a fight with WBC champion Fury in which all four heavyweight titles could be contested for the first time.
Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn says he’s “As close to 100%” as the fight may happen in 2021.
Fury co-promoter Bob Arum, meanwhile, finds himself torn, in that he wants to secure the historic fight but also helps guide Pulev’s career.
“I really feel that Joshua is vulnerable,” Arum, 89, warned Friday, predicting a knockout victory for Pulev.
“I will greet this victory with the joy it brings me. On the other hand, it will disappoint one of my other fighters, Tyson Fury. “
At Thursday’s press conference, Pulev warned he had “everything” to become champion.
It will be his second crack at a world title, after suffering his only loss in 29 outings at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko in 2014.
“Every heavyweight can hit, is strong and has a certain skill,” added Joshua, a 1-10 favorite.
“What separates us is character. Why is he fighting? His father, deceased. Also the chance to become the first heavyweight champion of Bulgaria.
“When you give someone a chance to change their life, they’re going to play.
“I fight for many reasons myself. Sometimes to prove that people are wrong. I’m fighting for reasons like knowing that this legacy doesn’t last forever, so while I’m doing it I’m going to do my best.
“If Pulev wants to stop me from proving how great I can be, then I can’t wait to take the challenge.
“When I look at Pulev, I think ‘this boy can’t beat me’. “