EXCLUSIVE: AJ to risk it all in 2020 against shock opponent!

28 May 2020

Anthony Joshua will put his career on the line this year in a mega fight with the most famous and dangerous of all elderly Soviet gentlemen to have ever laced up the gloves.

Critical B&F can reveal that the British two-time unified WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion of the world will face the legendary Russian champion Velikiy Boyets (Russian: великий боец).

Boyets is on the comeback trail

The extraordinary turn of events sees Joshua reneging on a commitment to give Kubrat Pulev, another elderly Soviet gentleman and the top IBF contender, a shot at the title. It also puts to rest months of speculation in the mainstream media about a grand unification fight with the WBC heavyweight belt-holder Tyson Fury.

Pulev (R) in gentlemanly attire

In an exclusive interview with CB&F, Joshua and his manager Eddie Hearn confirmed that they instigated discussions with Boyets’ team immediately after learning that Pulev had publicly labelled the champion a coward.

Elderly, but doesn’t look a day over 20

“It’s no secret that I want to clean up the elderly Soviet gentlemen in the heavyweight division,” Joshua said. “But why should I debase myself with Pulev? Sure, I’m a highly trained 30-year-old male in my physical prime, and he’s a worn-out 39-year-old from the former Soviet satellite state of Bulgaria. So far so good. But is he actually a gentleman? The insolent blackguard called me a coward! And he did that thing he did to that lady… Can you believe it? A coward!”

Pulev doing that thing he did to that lady

Hearn echoed his fighter’s sentiments.

“It’s questionable whether the act of force-kissing a female sports reporter on live television is congruent with laws of gentlemanly conduct,” he said. “Traditionally, the gentlemen of Europe have been content with forcing themselves upon young female domestic servants in the dingy corners of their manor houses. Discretion is a signal mark of sophistication and good taste. Pulev really ought to have got that reporter into a dingy corner of the locker room first. He’s a vulgar amateur.”

A more respectable venue for gentlemanly assaults on women

Joshua’s achievements against elderly Soviet gentlemen in the ring are unparalleled in the glorious annals of heavyweight boxing.

In 2017, the then 27-year-old Brit knocked out the great Ukranian champion Wladimir Klitschko, who was 41 and hadn’t fought as much as a fly in more than twelve months. The following year, at the age of 28, Joshua similarly sent the 39-year-old Russian Alexander Povetkin to his doom.

It was only natural that Joshua should target Pulev next, as the Bulgarian was the only elderly Soviet gentleman in the heavyweight division yet to be brutally bashed by him – until, that is, the most elderly and most gentlemanly of them all hinted that he was interested in throwing his ushanka back in the ring.

The ushanka Boyets is said to have thrown in a ring somewhere in Siberia

The astonishing comeback of Boyets has transformed the heavyweight division overnight.

In one of the sporting world’s most famous moments of historical serendipity, Boyets originally won the world heavyweight title in 1917, on the very same day the Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace in St Petersburg and put an end to the Provisional Government of the imperialist running dog Alexander Kerensky.

Public in St Petersburg celebrating Boyets title win in 1917

The Russian legend went on to defend his belt against many human opponents as well as several ursine ones, never losing a sanctioned title fight.

Boyets last fought in 1924, shortly after the death of his main patron, Lenin, and the ascendency of Stalin.

Boyets in action at one of his notoriously gruelling fight camps

In a fight that is now as infamous as his original title win is famous, Boyets took on Stalin’s eldest son Yakov Dzhugashvili, who was only a 17-year-old boy with no formal training in boxing whatsoever, let alone ring experience.

Dzhugashvili (L) before his smoker against Boyets

Boyets lost the unsanctioned smoker by knockout in the first ten seconds of the first round.

Dzhugashvili (L) after his smoker against Boyets

Does the youthful Joshua have what it takes to replicate Dzhugashvili’s spectacular victory? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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