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Frank Warren on Anthony Joshua against Kubrat Pulev and sealing Tyson Fury fight

Anthony Joshua showing vulnerability has made his fights even more interesting.

Now even more want to tune to see if he will get his whiskers tested like Andy Ruiz Jnr did last year.

But I believe we will see a repeat of the performance from him that he delivered against Ruiz Jnr in the rematch.

And I say that as a big fan of Joshua, no matter what the preconception may be about that.

He's a British fighter so, of course, I want him to be successful – just not against Tyson Fury.

After getting floored so many times against the Mexican-American in the first fight, Joshua went on the back foot in Saudi Arabia and boxed his way to an easy points win.

I think we will see a similar performance to that against Kubrat Pulev tonight.

Why? Because there is simply too much to lose for him if he suffered a shock second defeat in his career.

That is because there is a huge clash with Fury waiting for next year.

Fury won't be ringside tonight at Wembley Arena because he won't be part of the Eddie Hearn show.

This is about the fighters and not the promoters so lets just get the deal done and then do the promotion.

We will see if Joshua really wants the fight if he wins tonight.

For the fight to happen the two fighters must be happy and all those contracted to both men.

If the two fighters really want it then terms will get agreed and everyone else will fall in line.

It is a heavyweight fight that has to happen.

But first, we cannot rule out Pulev throwing a massive spanner in the works.

He's 39, not at the top of his game but he will have in his mind to land his big bombs.

He's been up there in the world rankings for god knows how long.

This is his chance so he will give it a good go.

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