British boxer with Nigerian descent, Anthony Joshua will December 12, 2020 fight Kubrat Pulev at The O2 in London to defend his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles.
The world heavyweight champion last fight was in December 2019 when he won by a unanimous decision against Andy Ruiz Jr in a bout which happened in Saudi Arabia.
Pulev was due to face Joshua in June but it was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It is unclear whether the December 12 bout will be without fans because of Covid-19 restrictions.
The 39-year-old Bulgarian revealed that the fight had been agreed on Monday, October 12.
My focus is the opponent that’s in front of me 💥 pic.twitter.com/PisSj0741l
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) October 16, 2020
Pulev said that “for the small country of Bulgaria to stand up for the heavyweight titles is a great accomplishment”.
“This fight is for my late father and all Bulgarians around the world. I’m coming to London to seize the heavyweight championship of the world,” he added.
🚨 FIGHT ANNOUNCED 🚨
🥊 Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev
👑 WBA, IBF & WBO
📆 December 12th
📍 O2 Arena, London 🇬🇧
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) October 16, 2020
On his part, AJ says he is hopeful he will retain the title come December 13.
“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,” said Joshua.
“I respect every opponent and I respect Pulev. I wish him well during his preparation.”
Anthony Joshua has won 23 of his 24 professional fights, while Kubrat Pulev has a record of 28 victories and one loss.