What’s The Latest On Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev?
There may be some movement in the Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev fight after some worry.
Fight fans grew concerned when Pulev’s co-promoter, Ivaylo Gotzev, claimed to have heard rumblings that Joshua’s team was looking to ditch their fight and go straight to the Tyson Fury title unification fight. Gotzev threatened legal action if this ended up being the case.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn had some good news for fans looking forward to Joshua vs. Pulev (h/t Boxing Scene).
“AJ, December 12 at the O2, that is the date we are trying to make that fight for. We are on the verge of an announcement, we hope and pray that it can be in front of a packed O2, or a crowd in some capacity. But his [Anthony Joshua’s] career must continue. As we build up to the undisputed fight next year, he must fight this year, fans or no fans.”
Joshua hasn’t competed since December 7, 2019. He avenged his stunning loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. by turning in a one-sided unanimous decision win in their rematch. Joshua vs. Pulev was set to take place on June 20 but it was postponed due to the coronavirus.
Meanwhile for Pulev, he has a pro boxing record of 28-1 and is riding an eight-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a loss since November 15, 2014, when he was stopped by Wladimir Klitschko in the fifth round. During his winning streak, he’s beaten the likes of Samuel Peter, Dereck Chisora, and Hughie Fury.
While Joshua vs. Fury is a huge bout that many are hoping to see, there are some hurdles. Joshua must get past Pulev, while Fury has to defeat Deontay Wilder a third time. There’s also the issue of what happens in the rematch with Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte. If Whyte regains the interim WBC Heavyweight Title, then he could have his mandatory status restored, setting him up to face the winner of Fury vs. Wilder III.
On top of that, there’s also the issue of the WBO mandatory status. Joshua holds the WBO gold along with the WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO Titles. Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory contender for the WBO Heavyweight Championship.