After months of speculation, we can now confirm that Anthony Joshua will return to the ring on October 28th 2017 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff to defend his World Titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.
Anthony comes into this fight with a record that stands at 19-0 – 19 wins and 19 knockouts – thanks to his pulsating victory last time out against the recently retired Wladimir Klitschko. However, Anthony will fight away from the record-breaking 90,000 Wembley crowd that witnessed his unification WBA, IBO and IBF win on April 29th, to take on Kubrat Pulev in the Welsh national stadium.
36-year-old Kubrat Pulev comes into the fight with a record of 25-0-1 following his recent UD win against American Kevin Mitchell – a man who succumbed to AJ’s power in a TKO defeat back in 2015. The Bulgarian will enter the fight as the IBF mandatory challenger having earned his right of a title shot following five successive victories, including a split-decision win over Britain’s Dereck Chisora last year. Pulev’s only career defeat came at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko in his first shot at the IBF strap back in 2014. The Ukrainian knocked Pulev out in the fifth round, in what would prove to be Dr. Steelhammer’s 53rd and final stoppage win in his career. However, three years on and five wins later, the experienced ‘Cobra’ believes he still has the guile, experience and power to topple AJ on October 28th.
Will AJ roll into Wales with the youth, exuberance, excitement and speed that saw him dispatch one of the greatest names in the modern Heavyweight division last time out, or will Pulev claim the crown at the second time of asking? Stay tuned for further announcements.