Last Updated: 16/10/20 6: 46pm
Kubrat Pulev offers insisted he would “never disrespect” Anthony Joshua after referring to the Uk heavyweight star’s skin ahead of their particular world title fight.
The Bulgarian will challenge with regard to Joshua’s WBA, IBF and WBO titles, with a date and place for the fight set to be introduced.
At a press meeting in Bulgaria earlier this week, Pulev had referred to the colour of Joshua’s skin when asked for his decision on the British champion.
“His strengths? I’d say he has an extremely powerful punch undeniably, ” this individual said.
“What are usually his other strengths? His suntan is better than mine. ”
But Pulev has since launched a lengthy statement saying: “I would not, under any circumstances, allow myself to show disrespect to another human being on racial, cultural or religious grounds.
“That’s what I’ve been teaching our little nephews all the time. Each of all of us is born on this earth with equivalent rights, and skin colour is totally irrelevant.
Therefore , in the event that somebody has been offended by our words, I hope they would try to realize exactly what I meant by all of them and if they cannot understand me, after that accept my sincere apology.
“I can’t believe how my terms about Anthony Joshua have been removed from context. It never even happened to me to discredit another sportsperson because of the colour of his pores and skin!
“Amongst my friends you can find people of different races and nationalities. They are all great and worthy individuals, as well as my very good, long-standing close friends whom I respect and like.
“It is 2020 and I very much hope that people would certainly stop this small-mindedness and that humans would evolve intellectually to understand that the truly valuable human characteristics in this world are not manifested externally, yet through the power of the human soul and the virtues we carry inside ourselves!
“Therefore, in case somebody has been offended by our words, I hope they would try to realize exactly what I meant by all of them and if they cannot understand me, after that accept my sincere apology.
“I would like to take this chance to congratulate Joshua on his birthday nowadays and to wish him much joy and good health – something which much more valuable nowadays than ever before! ”
Joshua was originally started face Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June, but the combat was rescheduled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Pulev is the obligatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF belt after defeating Hughie Fury within a final eliminator in October 2018.
Sky Sports provides approached Matchroom and Anthony Joshua’s management team for comment.