Marcus Rashford sends Anthony Joshua message ahead of Kubrat Pulev showdown
Anthony Joshua’s son appears to take part in sparring session
Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has sent Anthony Joshua his best wishes ahead of the British heavyweight’s world title fight against Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night. Joshua will fight in front of 1,000 fans at Wembley’s SSE Arena as he aims to register his 24th career win with victory against the Bulgarian challenger.
Sparks flew at Friday’s weigh-in ahead of the bout, with both fighters held apart by security as they went face-to-face for the final time before stepping into the ring.
Ahead of Saturday’s event, Rashford revealed that he is backing his countryman to get the job done and retain his titles in a short video message posted on Twitter by Football Daily.
“Yes AJ, just a quick message to wish you all the best in your next fight,” Rashford began.
“I’m definitely behind you and I’m confident you’re going to win. And yeah, it’s been a pretty dull year for a lot of us this year, so you can shed a bit of light on it.
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“All the best, and do what you always do, bro,” he added.
Joshua has won all but one of his 25 professional fights, with his infamous defeat at the hands of Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jr staining his otherwise perfect record.
The former Olympic champion has knocked out 21 opponents since making his professional debut in 2013, and will be looking to add Pulev to the list of those who have tried and failed to beat him.
Joshua was in a bullish mood on Friday, claiming that Pulev’s weigh-in antics will not stop him from being battered in the ring on Saturday night.
“He has spoken a lot of rubbish and now he has to back it up,” the Brit told Sky Sports.
“If you don’t know boxing then that sort of thing could intimidate you. I could have whacked him up there, but I have to save it for tomorrow.
“When people come in the ring with me they are confident, but I take their soul away and get them out of there.”
Rashford was also in action on Saturday as he was selected to start the first Manchester derby of the current campaign at Old Trafford.
The England forward has scored three times and claimed five assists in ten Premier League appearances this season.
Under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to put the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League knockout stages in midweek behind him with victory against United’s cross-city rivals.
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