Anthony Joshua says he wanted to “crack” Kubrat Pulev “in the jaw” at their weigh in, as the pair came to blows on the stage. The two heavyweights, who have shared a mutual respect for each other so far, finally switched this afternoon and look set to provide fireworks in tomorrow night’s main event at the SSE Arena.
Pulev weighed in first but seemed to stick around for his opponent after stepping onto the scales, weighing in at 239.7lbs.
AJ was met with boos from the Bulgarian’s camp as he made his way to the stage, where he eventually weighed in at 240.8lbs.
It was clear he was ready to go head-to-head with the 39-year-old after weighing in as the pair began to exchange words.
Security had to separate them after Joshua placed his hand on Pulev’s shoulder and began to pat out of anger.
Pulev could be heard saying “don’t touch me” and even after Joshua left the stage, the veteran refused to lie down and continued to shout insults at the unified heavyweight world champion.
When asked what was said between the two fighters, Joshua said: “I don’t really want to repeat it on live TV.”
He was then asked what ignited the feud and added: “I don’t know. That’s just how we are. He spoke a load of rubbish.”