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Joshua vs Pulev LIVE! Latest news and fight build-up

Tonight, Joshua makes his long-awaited return to the ring at the end of a year in which the coronavirus pandemic has decimated the boxing calendar, looking to end it on a high as he takes on Bulgarian Pulev at Wembley Arena

The 31-year-old will put his WBA (Super), IBO, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles on the line for the first time since regaining them in a rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia almost exactly a year ago.

Pulev and Joshua were initially meant to clash in Cardiff way back in 2017, but the former was forced to pull out of the fight at short notice because of injury. 

For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, fans will be able to attend a boxing event in the UK tonight, with 1,000 lucky spectators in the SSE Arena to watch Joshua’s title defence live in the flesh. 

Before all that, there’s a high class undercard to enjoy, including fellow Brit Lawrence Okolie taking on Poland’s Nikodem Jezewski. 

  • 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

Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog!

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Fight card 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
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What time is the fight?

Joshua vs Pulev is scheduled to take place tonight, Saturday, December 12, 2020.

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.

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AJ returns

So, after a year out of the ring tonight Anthony Joshua is back. 

The heavyweight champion of the world puts his four titles on the line for the first time since winning them back off Andy Ruiz Jr. this time last year. 

His opponent, Kubrat Pulev, was initially due to get this fight way back in 2017 but had to pull out late on because of injury. He’ll be ken to make up for lost time, but having sent 2020 on the sidelines, so too will AJ…

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Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev from Wembley Arena.

We will have all the build-up to the big fight so stick with us through the day. 


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