Bulgarian boxer, Kubrat Pulev will take on heavyweight boxing’s world champion, Anthony Joshua in London on December 12.
The International Boxing Federation (IBF) mandatory challenger confirmed this on Monday. Pulev, 39, had been scheduled to meet Joshua on June 20, but the fight was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“No turning back, no procrastination! Kubrat Pulev vs Anthony Joshua! The date is December 12, and the place is London!” Pulev, known as ‘The Cobra’, said on his Facebook page.
Pulev added on his website (www.kubratpulev.com) that “the date and place of the event are now final and not subject to change, and both parties have signed the official contract.”
Joshua defeated Mexican-American fighter, Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch in Saudi Arabia last December to win back his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles.
The 30-year-old was initially due to fight Pulev in October 2017 at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, but the Bulgarian withdrew from the fight after sustaining a shoulder injury in sparring.
Pulev challenged for the IBF world heavyweight title in 2014, losing to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg in a fifth-round knockout.