Kubrat Pulev has fired a strong warning to Anthony Joshua on the forthcoming mandatory clash as the British boxer continues to look towards Tyson Fury.

The IBF contender is furious at attempts by Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn to have the Bulgarian step-aside. Joshua and Hearn would rather fight Fury in an all-UK super-fight for all the world titles.

Pulev, on the other hand, wants his stipulated shot. “I’m hungry for battle and want to be the one to unite all the belts, I see how they are afraid of me and looking for options to make sure they fight with someone else before then.

“I can’t believe this is not the behavior of a real-world champion. Even Mike Tyson and Holyfield come back to show what real warriors are, not like them.

“It will be a year now, they are spinning and ducking, just so we don’t meet. Either fight or vacate the title,” he added. Speaking to British GQ via Instagram recently, WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO champion Joshua opened up on a possible encounter with Fury – the WBC ruler.

“I’m here to make history. I’m fired up. Fury’s just another opponent at the end of the day. I’m looking at Fury like he’s just another fighter. “In terms of spectacle, trash-talking, two juggernauts coming together, I can’t wait,” he said.