Anthony Joshua to fight Pulev in December

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Boxing heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua will be defending his titles against contender Kubrat Pulev in the first week of December.

The fight which was originally scheduled for June 20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London but was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Kubrat Pulev has a record of 28-1, 14 Kos.

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said this on Monday, according to ESPN.

“We know AJ’s only going to fight once this year, so we want to give ourselves the best opportunity to bring in a crowd, and that would obviously be the later the better,” Hearn told ESPN.

“But it’s still not a gimme at all. There’s still a very strong chance that AJ will have to fight behind closed doors.”

Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) owns the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles and is the sport’s biggest attraction in terms of gate revenue.

He often performs in front of massive crowds in facilities like Wembley Stadium, but in 2020 that simply may not be in the cards. He hasn’t fought since defeating Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia last December.

“Bearing in mind he’s only going to fight once this year, I just feel as we might as well give ourselves every chance to have a crowd and that will be the first weekend of December,” added Hearn.

Plans are in the works for Joshua to face WBC champion Tyson Fury most probably after Pulev match.

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