October 17, 2020 11:46:12 am
Anthony Joshua will defend his world heavyweight titles for the primary time this yr when it was confirmed he’ll face Kubrat Pulev on December 12 in London. Joshua was first scheduled to satisfy Pulev in October 2017 in Cardiff however the Bulgarian withdrew with an injured shoulder. Pulev received six straight fights to turn out to be a compulsory challenger, however their June 20 bout was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Joshua’s WBA, IBF, and WBO titles will probably be on the road in his first dwelling fight in additional than two years, his promotion firm Matchroom introduced on Friday. No spectators have been allowed at boxing in England through the pandemic, however Matchroom stated it can attempt to make a case for a restricted stay crowd on the O2 Arena.
“Without the fans something huge is missing,” Joshua stated.
“I am really hoping that, safety permitting, we might be able to bring some boxing fans in, December 12 is the date and once again the heavyweight belts go up in the air and it is my sole focus to make sure that come December 13 they are in their rightful place in the UK.”
“I respect every opponent and I respect Pulev. I wish him well during his preparation.” Joshua and Pulev every has just one skilled loss: Joshua to Andy Ruiz final yr, and Pulev to Wladimir Klitschko in 2014.
“For a small country of Bulgaria to stand up for the heavyweight titles is a great accomplishment,” Pulev stated.
“This fight is for my late father and all Bulgarians around the world.”
Joshua will probably be aiming to place away Pulev and arrange a title unification bout in opposition to WBC champion Tyson Fury in an all-British blockbuster subsequent yr.
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