The Brit regained his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight world titles in a rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia this time last year, having been upset by the Mexican in New York last summer, but has been forced into hibernation by the coronavirus pandemic, with this fight having been rescheduled and relocated several times.
He will now face experienced and battle-hardened Bulgarian Pulev – the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF title – in a bout that was originally slated to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer, but was postponed because of coronavirus.
Should Joshua win 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 with Pulev after London was placed in Tier 2 of the government’s coronavirus restrictions.
Joshua vs Pulev fight card/undercard in full
- Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev – for WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles
- Lawrence Okolie vs Nikodem Jezewski – for vacant WBO International cruiserweight title
- Hughie Fury vs Mariusz Wach – heavyweight contest
- Martin Bakole vs Sergey Kuzmin – for WBC International heavyweight title
- Qais Ashfaq vs Ashley Lane – super-bantamweight contest
- Florian Marku vs Jamie Stewart – welterweight contest
- Kieron Conway vs Macauley McGowan – super-welterweight contest
Joshua vs Pulev date, start time, venue and ring walks
Joshua vs Pulev is scheduled to take place tonight, 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 is dependent on the undercard action, but ring walks are not expected until at least 10pm GMT.
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.
Alternatively, you can listen to live commentary of the fight on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Standard Sport will also be bringing you all the action via our latest boxing live blog.
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 Fury next year.
However, AJ 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
- Pulev to win: 7/1
- Draw: 59/1
- Joshua by KO/TKO or DQ: 4/9
- Joshua by dec/tech dec: 9/2
- Pulev by KO/TKO or DQ: Between 9/1 & 10/1
- Pulev by dec/tech dec: 35/1
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