Pulev in ‘beast mode’ to shred Anthony Joshua

first_imgKubrat Pulev will provide a stern test for Anthony Joshua if he can live up to even ten per cent of what his promoter Ivaylo Gotzev is promising.The unified heavyweight champion is eyeing up a 2021 undisputed title fight with Tyson Fury. However he must first get past his mandatory challenger.Joshua vs Pulev was originally scheduled for June 20 before being postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.Eddie Hearn has now said it is likely to be put back together for November, though Pulev’s camp seemingly aren’t happy with the lack of progress.Gotzev said: “Let’s get after Eddie Hearn and the champ because enough is enough.“He hasn’t got his stuff together, we are still waiting for a new date. “I understand that the whole world has to reset somewhat, but people in the fight game are back in business.“We are hoping Eddie might take note and start making some moves – but we are still waiting for those moves.“I understand that he wrote a nice book, I can’t wait to see his brilliance in this book.“I want to learn from a brilliant guy like Eddie Hearn, meanwhile we’re just sitting here waiting for a date.”Regarding the bout itself, Gotev said: “This is going to be one punch takes it all, I hope they realise they’ve got a fight on their hands. “Because the man standing in our corner is Kubrat Pulev and he’s chomping at the bit, getting ready, getting excited and training hard.“I admired this guy, I really thought he was the second coming the way he disposed of Klitschko.“That was an epic battle. I thought we’ve got something very special here in AJ – and then, what a disappointment“Kubrat was scheduled to fight this man in 2017 and then he got a chest muscle tear that created a hematoma.RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight “They were laughing, saying he should fight. That’s a nothing injury, that’s what AJ said. AJ was laughing: ‘I would have fought with that injury.’“Well come on son, where are you now?“Kubrat is going to be in his face. Kubrat is in beast mode, he’s ready to take this man and shred him into pieces.“The knockout is coming. You’ve got to be able to take it, not only give it, can he take it? That’s the question.”—Tags: Anthony JoshuaIvaylo GotzevKubrat Pulevlast_img read more

Rockets’ Trevor Ariza credits Kobe Bryant for his development

first_imgBut Ariza, a former Westchester High and UCLA standout, maintained he already knew that would happen the moment he met Bryant. After all, Ariza called Bryant both “my favorite player of all time” and “the best player to play the game that I’ve ever seen.” “Once I met him, I felt like there’s always an opportunity,” Ariza said. “If I can get this close to where I can touch somebody, I feel like I can get to that point. He definitely gave me a lot of motivation to work.”The relationship played out the same way once Ariza played with Bryant on the Lakers from 2008 to 2009. Ariza played a key part in the Lakers securing an NBA championship in 2009. Then, Ariza averaged 11.3 points on a 47.6 percent clip from three-point range and also stole two key inbound passes in Games 1 and 3 of the Lakers’ Western Conference finals victories over Denver. Bryant and Ariza also often guarded each other in practice, which soon became learning experiences.“The way he prepared himself for the season and the offense we were running at the time is something he handed me down,” said Ariza, who has played in Houston for the past two seasons. “I did it religiously to become the best player I can be. I just try to define the things that we work on. That’s what he basically did. He taught me how to work smarter instead of doing a whole bunch of things I might never use.” A Slam DunkThe two have insisted they have patched things even if Bryant and Dwight Howard experienced plenty of tension during their lone season together with the Lakers three years ago. But that detente did not stop Bryant from challenging rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. to show off his freakish athleticism by dunking on Howard.“I saw it and just laughed at it,” Howard said.Howard then turned serious on if he would allow Nance Jr. to posterize him.“No,” Howard said. “It’s either going to be a hard foul or a block.”• PHOTOS: Bryant scores 22 points in 107-97 loss to HoustonAfter Nance Jr. dunked on Milwaukee center John Henson on Tuesday, Bryant told him he would become more impressed if he performed a similar feat on Howard. On Nov. 12, 2004, Bryant threw down a one-handed slam on Howard in only his sixth NBA game in an Orlando Magic uniform. “After Kobe did that as a rookie, he never tried it again,” Howard said. “That’s something that will go down as one of his best dunks ever. That was pretty nasty. I wish I would’ve jumped. But had I known then what I know now, I would’ve just fouled him and sent him to the free-throw line instead of being on a poster or birthday cakes.”Howard then shared that plenty of friends and family members would get him a birthday cake nearly every year that showed Bryant’s highlight reel at his expense.“But that was the last time he ever tried. After that, I was able to get a whole bunch of blocks,” said Howard, who is in his 11th NBA season with 1,746 career blocks. “He inspired me.” The event marked one of many that Kobe Bryant would soon attend often, as the Lakers’ guard grew both as a player and in stature. During Bryant’s second NBA season, the Lakers hosted a meet-and-greet with fans at the Forum where he met his future teammate.“Trevor Ariza was one of those kids,” Bryant recalled of the former Lakers and current Rockets forward. “He came up and I signed an autograph for him and took a picture with him. He still has it. It’s crazy.”It’s also crazy that just under two decades later, Bryant and Ariza defended each other when the Lakers hosted the Houston Rockets on Thursday at Staples Center. • RELATED: Kobe Bryant dunks, but Lakers fall to Rocketscenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more