Joshua last fought when regaining his heavyweight world titles in a rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia last December, having been stunned by the Mexican in New York earlier in the year.
He will take on Bulgarian Pulev – a mandatory challenger for the IBF title – in a bout that was originally slated to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer, but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Should Joshua win in his first fight on home soil for two years, it will pave the way for a pair of clashes with fellow Brit Tyson Fury next year in what would be some of the most eagerly anticipated fights in the history of British boxing.
Around 1,000 lucky fans will be able to attend Saturday’s fight after London was placed in Tier 2 of the government’s coronavirus restrictions.
Joshua vs Pulev fight card/undercard in full
- Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – for WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles
- Lawrence Okolie v Krzysztof Glowacki – cruiserweight contest
- Hughie Fury v Mariusz Wach – heavyweight contest
- Martin Bakole v Sergey Kuzmin – for vacant WBC international heavyweight title
- Qais Ashfaq v Ashley Lane – super-bantamweight contest
- Florian Marku v Alex Fearon – welteweight contest
- Kieron Conway v Macaulay McGowan – super-welterweight contest
Joshua vs Pulev date, start time, venue and ring walks
Joshua vs Pulev is scheduled to take place this Saturday, December 12, 2020.
The bout will take place at London’s Wembley Arena, having originally been scheduled for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and, later, the O2 Arena.
The exact start time of the main event if dependent on the undercard action but ring walks are not expected until at least 10pm.
How to watch Joshua vs Pulev
TV channel: UK viewers will only be able to watch the fight on pay-per-view via Sky Sports Box Office for a fee of £24.95. Coverage of the undercard starts from 7pm GMT.
Live stream: Viewers can also stream the fight live online on tablet, phone or computer devices via the Sky app for the same £24.95 pay-per-view fee.
Joshua vs Pulev fight prediction
On paper, this fight looks a mere formality for Joshua before he can begin to focus on those showpiece bouts with Tyson Fury next year.
However, Joshua has admitted that ring rust could be an issue and after what happened against Andy Ruiz Jr. in New York two years ago he will not be underestimating his unfazed opponent.
Joshua to win by knockout between rounds four and six.
Joshua vs Pulev betting odds (subject to change)
- Joshua to win: 2/13
- Draw: 41/1
- Pulev to win: 13/2
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