The Joshua vs Pulev battle happens at the SSE Arena in Wembley on 12 December as they fight for the IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles.
The battle could be Joshua’s last before taking on Tyson Fury in two much-anticipated conflicts in 2021, yet first, he should arrange his way past the 39-year-old Bulgarian veteran.
At first, planned for the O2 Arena preceding the pandemic, the session was rather made the fifth Matchroom Boxing card of their present residency deal with the SSE, and gratitude to respectable changes to COVID-19 rules, the card will have the option to invite 1,000 fans into the indoor setting.
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— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) December 2, 2020
Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) thoroughly understands his adversary, having prepared with him before.
“Pulev is named after an extraordinary Bulgarian fighter and he has that champion soul, he conveys the expectations of his country,” Joshua said.
Joshua will have a home preferred position and is the weighty top choice against his IBF compulsory challenger. The 31-year-old Briton last battled in Saudi Arabia when he won his titles back from Andy Ruiz Jr. in December 2019.
Bulgarian contender Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) stated: “For a little nation of Bulgaria to go to bat for the heavyweight titles is an extraordinary achievement.
“This battle is for my late dad and all Bulgarians around the globe! I’m coming to London to hold onto the heavyweight title of the world.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn was charmed to get the opportunity to invite fans back, saying: “I can’t reveal to you that I am so glad to see fans getting back to our live boxing occasions.
“While the team has made an extraordinary showing throughout the most recent 10 months we live and inhale through the energy and air that a live crowd creates.
“It’s fitting to the point that they can return for an AJ battle when through the most recent couple of years he has broken a wide range of participation records in the U.K and furthermore. This is quite a sure move for boxing and all game. Welcome back!”
Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev Time, Live Stream
- Date: Saturday 12 December
- Time: 19:00 GMT
- Main event: 22:30 GMT
- U.K.: Sky Sports Box Office
- U.S: DAZN
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