This is a late notice fight, scheduled to take place in London, Feb 15, so it doesn’t give Joey much time to prepare. Still, it’s like a late Christmas present, because Joey’s always had difficulty getting fights. Fighters need to fight to stay sharp. Those few times when Joey did get a shot at moving up, he just wasn’t ready. He’s always had the punch and decent skills, but he never had a chance to hone them. As a result, he lacks good defense and management of distance. As a result, he has come up short when those infrequent opportunities have presented themselves. His latest chance came in December (on short notice) against rising star Kubrat Pulev.
The fight took place in Germany, in front a big Pulev crowd. Pulev is a very good boxer with a big punch, but Joey did manage to drop him. Pulev retaliated with several hard body shots to TKO Joey. Those shots came from long range, and never should have landed. Normally Joey has the ability to avoid those type of shots, but he wasn’t sharp, physically or mentally, failed to step back or parry the shots away. As a result, Pulev had a heavy bag in front of him to tee off on.
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