As the answer to where Anthony Joshua v. Kubrat Pulev will take place continues to slip away, when it will happen appears to be gaining some traction. If all goes according to plan, it would line up well with a Deontay Wilder v. Tyson Fury trilogy bout.
Matchroom Boxing’s Edie Hearn spoke with Sky Sports regarding a bout between WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion Joshua and Pulev. The bout between the two was supposed to take place inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June but was postponed due to the coronavirus. New plans had the fight set for November until Hearn stated that “early” December is now when it will happen.
“AJ’s fight date is looking like early December,” Hearn said. “We’re in a good place but, as the world has shown us in 2020, anything can happen.”
Joshua (23-1) last fought in December, beating Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia to regain his heavyweight titles. Ruiz took the titles from him back in June 2019 in what was considered an upset. Pulev (28-1) is on an eight-fight win streak following a loss to champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2014. He last fought in 2019, beating Rydell Booker via unanimous decision.
As far as a venue is concerned, Hearn is still looking for an arena that can hold a crowd. Hearn mentioned Royal Albert Hall, The O2, or Olympia as potential locations, while Pulev’s team mentioned Croatia as an option.
Regarding the Wilder-Fury bout, Joshua and the former have agreed in principle to fight one another in 2021. Fury must get past Wilder and Dillian Whyte to face Joshua. Joshua and Fury ended up meeting up with one another while on vacation.
“It was probably awkward,” Hearn went on to say. “Although people thought it was staged, it definitely wasn’t. ‘Make sure you beat Deontay Wilder, make sure you beat Kubrat Pulev, see you next year’. The two respect each other. It will be a great build-up, backwards and forwards, two very different characters.
“It’s the biggest fight in world boxing. Both guys are fully on board but need to get the job in December.”