Next Saturday (August 22) there is another huge heavyweight showdown as Dillian Whyte (27-1) puts his WBC mandatory contender status on the line against dangerous former WBA heavyweight king Alexander Povetkin (live on Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view and DAZN). Pulev thinks it is a fascinating matchup.

He said: “Povektin was a very good amateur. We know professional boxing is different and we know Whyte is a 100 percent professional boxer. I’m 50-50 but I hope Povetkin wins because I know him personally and he’s a really good man who does not talk too much.

“On the other hand, Dillian Whyte talks so much bullshit. He is always twisting things up and talking bullshit; talking, talking, talking too much. I don’t like this.

“I want to fight Whyte after I beat AJ, I want to fight with Dillian Whyte and I want to show him a very special KO. I promise him that.”

Pulev has challenged for a world title once in the past – being knocked out in the fifth round by Wladimir Klitschko back in 2014.