Eddie Hearn has insisted Anthony Joshua will get his sparring preparations ‘spot on’ ahead of his fight with Kubrat Pulev.
The promoter admitted the boxer had got it wrong when he lost his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles to Andy Ruiz Jr last summer before making improvements to reclaim the belts in December.
Hearn is certain Joshua won’t make the same mistake twice and emphasised the importance of picking the right sparring partner ahead of his clash with the Bulgarian.
‘Sparring wise? You need a tall, stand-up fighter who is technically sound,’ Hearn told Sky Sports.
‘Looking around? The likes of Dominic Breazeale, as an example. A stand-up heavyweight.’
‘Pulev is very experienced, very good technically, punches a bit. You need to find a tall heavyweight that replicates that style.
‘Against Ruiz Jr the second time, they got their sparring spot on. That is so important moving forwards.
‘He won’t make that mistake again, of overlooking that element.
‘His sparring for Pulev will be spot on.’
If Joshua comes out on top against Pulev he could face Tyson Fury in an undisputed world title fight in 2021.
The pair bumped into each other in Marbella last month, with the Gypsy King winding down his car window to chat to his rival. And Hearn revealed what was said during their chance meeting.
He said: ‘AJ said he was walking down the road and Fury drove up and opened the window and was like, “Alright?”
‘I think he said to AJ, “Make sure you beat Kubrat Pulev”. And AJ said, “Make sure you beat Deontay Wilder”.
‘And they both said, “I will, and I’ll see you next year”.’
But Fury is first set for a third instalment of his rivalry with Deontay Wilder while Dillian Whyte is his mandatory challenger.