Anthony Joshua’s mandatory battle with Kubrat Pulev has been set for June 20 as the British boxer prepares to defend his world heavyweight championships.
A deal is now in place with further confirmations expected ahead of Joshua’s homecoming fight set to hold at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
According to Sky Sports, Joshua’s defence of his IBF, WBA and WBO titles will be his first fight on UK soil in nearly two years since he beat Alexander Povetkin at Wembley. Last year he was beaten in New York by Andy Ruiz Jr then won a rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Ahead of the fight, the Nigerian-British boxer posted a picture of himself on Twitter holding his world heavyweight championship belts with a caption “June 20th” which suggests the confirmation of the Pulev bout.
His Bulgarian opponent, Pulev, 38, has lost just once in 29 fights. That came in his sole world title fight, against Wladimir Klitschko, in 2013. He has since beaten Derek Chisora and Hughie Fury.
“I’m ready to come to London and bust you up in front of your own fans,” Pulev has previously warned.
Joshua’s sights are on an undisputed title fight against new WBC champion Tyson Fury, a mega occasion which would crown one ruler of the division, but he must first dispose of his mandatory challenger in Pulev. Fury will, meanwhile, have a third fight with Deontay Wilder expected in July.
Source: Sky Sports