Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev: British heavyweight world champion to defend titles on 12 December
World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles in opposition to Kubrat Pulev on 12 December at The O2 in London.
Joshua, 31, final fought in December 2019 when he reclaimed his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr with a unanimous factors victory in Saudi Arabia.
Pulev was resulting from face Joshua in June but it surely was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s not clear if will probably be with out followers due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Pulev has been ready for an opportunity to face Joshua for nearly three years after a shoulder harm compelled him out of their deliberate world title bout in October 2017.
The 39-year-old Bulgarian introduced on Monday that the battle had been agreed.
“December 12 is the date and as soon as once more the heavyweight belts go up within the air and it’s my sole focus to make it possible for come December 13 they’re of their rightful place within the UK,” mentioned Joshua.
“The O2 is the unique lion’s den, I’ve quite a lot of historical past with the sector, however with out the followers one thing big is lacking.
“I’m actually hoping that, security allowing, we’d be capable of carry some boxing followers in, however we should see.
“I respect each opponent and I respect Pulev. I want him nicely throughout his preparation.”
Pulev mentioned that “for the small nation of Bulgaria to face up for the heavyweight titles is a superb accomplishment”.
He added: “This battle is for my late father and all Bulgarians all over the world. I am coming to London to grab the heavyweight championship of the world.”