The expected heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev has finally been made official.
Joshua vs. Pulev will take place inside the O2 Arena in London, England on December 12. “AJ” is the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion. Pulev is looking to capture a major world title for the first time in his career and ruin plans of Joshua vs. Tyson Fury.
In a press release, Joshua expressed his excitement over fighting Pulev before the close of 2020.
“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. The O2 is the original lion’s den, I have a lot of history with the arena, but without the fans something huge is missing. I am really hoping that, safety permitting, we might be able to bring some boxing fans in, but we will have to see. I respect every opponent and I respect Pulev. I wish him well during his preparation.”
Pulev also shared some words, saying that he’s looking to take over in enemy territory.
“For a small country of Bulgaria to stand up for the Heavyweight Titles is a great accomplishment. This fight is for my late father and all Bulgarian’s around the world! I’m coming to London to seize the Heavyweight Championship of the World.”
Whether or not fans will be allowed inside the O2 Arena remains to be seen. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn says that he’ll go to great lengths with the hope that there will be a live crowd, even at a reduced capacity.
Joshua vs. Pulev will air live on DAZN in the United States and on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.
My focus is the opponent that’s in front of me 💥 pic.twitter.com/PisSj0741l
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) October 16, 2020