ANTHONY JOSHUA will get knocked out like Dillian Whyte when he faces Kubrat Pulev as “London bridges are falling”, warned Bob Arum.
The Body Snatcher was dismantled by Alexander Povetkin in Eddie Hearn’s back garden on Saturday night.
Despite downing his Russian opponent twice, Whyte was stunned in the fifth round by a brutal left uppercut.
And promoter Arum – who represents rival heavyweight Tyson Fury – reckons Whyte’s Matchroom stablemate Joshua will receive the same punishment when he steps into the ring.
The Top Rank chief tweeted: “Dillian Whyte was so busy fighting for his WBC mandatory position that he didn’t see Povetkin’s uppercut, which knocked him cold on his a**.
“Pulev will KO Joshua next. London Bridges are falling.”
Joshua, 30, is expected to face Pulev in December – on either Saturday 5 or 12 – with London’s O2 Arena the most likely venue.
He was due to defend his titles against the 39-year-old Bulgarian in June – until the coronavirus pandemic KO’d the heavyweight headliner.
But promoter Hearn reckons AJ could make his ring return by the end of the year – and possibly in front of his beloved supporters.
After his shock defeat 14 months ago, Joshua thumped Andy Ruiz Jr in their December rematch.
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But the Mexican-American was quick to mock Whyte on Saturday night after his crushing defeat.
Ruiz said: “I was so happy that Whyte got his a*** knocked the f*** out.
“You know what, because he doesn’t have respect for the fighters – that’s what gets me p***ed off.”