Weigh-in clash between Joshua & Pulev before Wembley Arena bout

Heated words between Koshua and Pulev on Friday's weigh-in. (Photo: Mark Robinson / MATCHROOM)

Anthony Joshua warned Kubrat Pulev he will face a “real one” in Saturday’s world title fight as the pair exchanged heated words at Friday’s weigh-in.

Pulev, 39, annoyed Joshua as the unified world heavyweight champion took to the scales, drawing an animated reaction.

The pair stood face to face – Pulev shouting, and Joshua waving his finger – with security keen to intervene.

“I would have just clapped him in his jaw there and then, but I have to wait until tomorrow,” Joshua, 31, said.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the British boxer said he could not repeat what he said to Pulev on television, adding: “Many years I’ve been in boxing and seen a lot fighters talk a lot of rubbish, then they get smacked up.

“I know what he’s like, I have studied him. He thinks he’s a warrior. I said ‘don’t let the guys you’ve fought gas you up, you’re in with a real one now’.

“When people come in the ring with me they are confident and then after a few rounds their soul gets destroyed. When I see that I can take them out.”

Source: BBC Sports