A day after Fury and Wilder activated their rematch, Anthony Joshua agreed to fight with Kubrat Pulev.
Before closing the defense of the IBF with Kubrat Pulev, Anthony Joshua intended to wait for Tyson Fury, who had just won the WBC World Championship after defeating Deontay Wilder. The British boxer even accepted the loss of the IBF belt to soon fight with Fury.
However, because Wilder activated the rematch clause, Joshua had no choice but to Pulev. On Twitter, the 30-year-old boxer wrote briefly: “June 20”, to announce the upcoming match day.
In October 2017, Joshua and Pulev agreed to fight. At the time, the British boxer had just won the three WBA Super, WBO and IBF championships from Wladimir Klitschko. However, Pulev suffered a shoulder injury during training. The challenge of IBF title was given to Carlos Takam. Nearly three years later, Pulev had the opportunity to challenge Joshua again.
“I’m glad I have the opportunity to show the world my true strength,” Pulev said after Joshua agreed to fight.
Pulev’s boss, who is also Tyson Fury‘s boss, rejoiced: “I called Eddie Hearn (Joshua’s boss) not to think about what Fury is tired of. Please focus on Pulev first, and avoid don’t let knockout in the middle of the game (referring to Joshua’s defeat to Andy Ruiz last year) “.
According to Boxingscene, Joshua’s selection of Pulev as an upcoming opponent is also due to the WBO boxer (one of the three major belts owned by Joshua) – Oleksandr Usyk – from Matchroom. In 2020, if Joshua does not hold a WBO match, he will be stripped. This title will become a reward to Usyk for winning.
Joshua is now eager to become the absolute champion. If he won against Pulev, he would definitely recommend the ring to the winner in the rematch between Fury and Wilder.
The match between Joshua and Pulev will take place at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales.