Before what is turning out to be a tremendous 2021, Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) will return to the ring following a year away in a title defense against Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) on Dec. 12.
Joshua recovered the WBA, WBO, and IBF titles in a rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. last December in Saudi Arabia subsequent to being halted by the Mexican-American in an angry with MSG that summer.
His first title defense since taking the titles back was postponed for quite a while by the COVID-19 pandemic — first with the lockdown that halted live events for a while, and afterward because of Eddie Hearn’s desire for having the option to invite a crowd to Joshua-Pulev.
The fight will proceed with or without fans, guaranteeing the ring rust has been shaken off before Christmas. Also, if the Brit can hold against the Bulgarian, a monstrous unification fight with WBC champion Tyson Fury seems to be on the cards one year from now.
“I had my little mistake a year ago,” Joshua said. “We’ve gotten over it and we have the belts back and now I will go out there and get back on the gravy train and battle the likes of Fury 100%.
“Yet, without moving beyond Kubrat Pulev, who is a genuine contender and challenger, there aren’t no discussions of Tyson Fury and stuff that way.
“It’s an intense game I’m in, on the grounds that as I said it’s the pot of gold toward the finish of a rainbow, yet before that I must explore my way through and Pulev is a huge heavyweight holding up the traffic of that pot of gold.
“I’m still eager and trained, so I need to bulldoze through him. That is the contender’s discussion coming out. All things considered, it takes a ton of preparing in the exercise center and that is the thing that the training camp is about.”
Where is the fight of Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev?
The fight will be organized at London’s O2 Arena. Eddie Hearn trusts he will have the option to sell tickets up to a set fraction of the venue’s 20,000 capacity, however, it will rely upon COVID-19 rules between now and December.