Architecture fan Kubrat Pulev ready to demolish Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury

Kubrat Pulev is ready to pull down the Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury mega fight that is building after spending the week in the fight hotel playing Jenga.

The architecture-loving Bulgarian has passed the time this week playing the game in the Covid-secure bubble.

But on Saturday night he believes he has what it takes to demolish Joshua's undisputed dream and take the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles back to Eastern Europe.

“I win all the time at Jenga, it is very precise and I like building,” said Pulev.

“This is my second passion after boxing.

“I like buildings, I like the designing and architecture.

“I don't know where it comes from, when I was six I used to sit and draw buildings.

“I don't know why I like it, it is in your blood.”

He believes he has drawn up the plans to bring down Joshua this weekend and do it for his father.

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Pulev's love of boxing comes from his dad, Venko, who was obsessed about the sport.

He would teach the Sofia fighter and his brother, Tervel, about the greats such as his favourite Rocky Marciano when they were kids.

And they were inspired to take up the sport by their late dad, who died in 2007 when Pulev was still an amateur, and was also a fighter.

So there is no more motivation needed for the Bulgarian, who has only ever lost once to Wladimir Klitschko in his last word title fight back in 2014, than becoming heavyweight king for his dad.

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“He loved boxing,” said Pulev, ahead of this weekend's clash at Wembley Arena. “He was a heavyweight and champion of Bulgaria.

“He wanted all his life to have boys and he wanted all of his life to have boys who were champions at boxing.

“He called me Kubrat, it's a royal name like an ancient king.

“He was a very interesting person because he gave me and my brother this love for boxing.

"We were just young kids but we had fighter temperaments.

“We were just young people who didn't have any interest in sports and we said, 'Dad we want to play with other kids' but he wanted us to protect ourselves."

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Pulev couldn't escape boxing as a kid but also reading as the family home was covered in books.

“We were in a big apartment with five children but everywhere was covered in books,” said Pulev.

“He had two things he was manic about – boxing and books. We didn't have anything but books.”

Those who have read up on this fight reckon the 39-year-old bruiser is too old and potentially too slow to trouble heavy favourite Joshua.

But the veteran puncher is confident he will cause an upset because Joshua is distracted, ruin Joshua's plans against Fury and the win will be so comfortable that the Brit won't even fancy the contracted rematch.

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“For sure he is distracted,” said Pulev, who can become Bulgaria's first world heavyweight champion.

“It is not easy. There is a saying in Bulgaria: ‘Heavy is the king’s crown’.

“I like that people are talking more about Joshua vs Fury than Joshua vs Pulev. It is not insulting to me, I like it.

“Everybody might think professional heavyweight boxers are dumb but we are smart people and a smart person would not be insulted by this, I am glad.

“I am happy because while he is thinking about something and somebody else, he is underestimating me and the current situation.

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“This cannot insult me, my ego is not like that, it’s a good situation for me.

If he does pull it off then he will go down in Bulgarian sporting history and the Sofia native believes he will be alongside pal and football hero Hristo Stoichkov as one of the country's greats.

“He is my friend, Stoichkov,” added Pulev.

“He is a good man and a very good guy. I know most of the famous people in Bulgaria.

“He is a good friend because we have one restaurant and he lives near restaurant and every time when he is in Bulgaria, he call me and we sit and eat together, joke together.

“Would I be as known as him when I win? In my country, for sure.”

Joshua v Pulev is live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday

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