Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has warned his opponent in Saturday’s world title fight Kubrat Pulev that he is more experienced now.
Joshua claimed he “was just a pup” when they were first due to meet in 2017.
The duo will clash at the SSE Arena in Wembley on Saturday night.
“I was thinking about that the other day, I went through a lot of my career not even knowing what I was doing,” he said. “I was just fighting.
“I’ve watched back all my fights. I watched the Eric Molina fight the other day, I watched a bit of the Carlos Takam fight, I watched the Wladimir Klitschko fight and I was like ‘Wow! How was I in these type of fights with the little bit of experience I had?’.
‘Looking at who I am today, I like to reflect a lot and I think ‘I was just a pup, I was a little puppy’
“I feel stronger, I feel smarter and it’s the same thing I say with the other guys I’m trying to catch up to and I want to fight.”
“The longer they leave it, the tougher it’s going to be for them because the experience is the best teacher and I’m gaining so much experience every day I step in the gym.”
While Joshua has developed and gained more experience, Pulev may be past his best, and he is 39.
The Bob Arum-promoted fighter has also not been as busy as Joshua since their first encounter fell through and has had just three fights since April 2017, including a point win over Hughie Fury.
Pulev, three years ago might have been too early for me,” said the 2012 Olympic gold medallist.
“I’m more experienced now, I’m wiser. I’ve lost a fight and I would never want to lose a fight again because I know what that feels like.”
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