When is Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev? Fight time, date, undercard and how to watch Sky Sports Box Office
Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua will fight on home soil for the first time in two years when defending his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night.© Provided by The i Anthony Joshua takes on Kubrat Pulev on Saturday – the pair were set to go head to head in 2017 before Pulev suffered an injury (Photos: Getty)
There will be 1,000 boxing fans inside Wembley’s SSE Arena to witness Joshua’s homecoming, which had been pencilled in for June before it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Joshua is heavy favourite to improve his 23-1 record when taking on IBF mandatory challenger Pulev, three years after injury ruled the Bulgarian out of a title bout with the Briton and was replaced by Carlos Takam.
Pulev is a two-time European champion but lost his only world title shot to date when knocked out by Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
When is Joshua vs Pulev?
Joshua takes on Pulev at Wembley’s SSE Arena on Saturday 12 December, and the fight will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office
The start time for the main fight will depend on the undercard, but Joshua vs Pulev is expected to get under way around 10pm, with coverage starting at 7pm.
The event will cost £24.95 for UK customers, €27.95 for Republic of Ireland customers, up until midnight on Friday, December 11. On Saturday it will cost an extra £5 if booked over the phone.
There will be two repeat showings on Sunday 13 December – at 9am GMT and 4pm.
Victory for Joshua would lead to talk of a bout with Tyson Fury being ramped up. The British world champions have agreed a two-fight deal, but no dates have been set.
Fury’s own December fight against Agit Kabayel was scrapped, and while Deontay Wilder has called for their trilogy to be completed, the “Gypsy King” could be ringside to watch Joshua on Saturday ahead of a potential 2021 showdown.
“I think that he [Fury] should be coming,” Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports. “If he wants to fight Anthony Joshua, it’s not a case of calling him out, it’s called doing his research and building the fight.
“Tyson Fury is more than welcome to come down. I only live 45 minutes away from Wembley. He can come around on Sunday afternoon for a roast as well, if he wants and a cuppa.
“We just want to get that fight made. But first things first, we’ve seen it before at Madison Square Garden with Andy Ruiz when we were talking about the Wilder fight. This is it. This is the last hurdle – Kubrat Pulev, December 12.”© Provided by The i Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor took their World Press Tour to the SSE Arena before fighting in Las Vegas in 2017 (Photo: Getty)
One thousand fans to watch Joshua vs Pulev
“I can’t tell you how happy I am to see fans returning to our live boxing events,” said Hearn after an ease of coronavirus restrictions meant the fight could be held in front of 1,000 fans at Wembley’s SSE Arena.
He added: “Whilst the team have done an incredible job over the last 10 months we live and breathe through the energy and atmosphere that a live crowd generates.
“It’s so fitting that they can return for an AJ fight, when through the last few years he has broken all kinds of attendance records in the UK and beyond. This is such a positive move for boxing and all sport.”
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium had been the original location for the fight.
Joshua vs Pulev undercard
A packed night of action sees the Lawrence Okolie take on fellow unbeaten cruiserweight Nikodem Jezewski after original opponent Krzystof Glowacki tested positive for Covid-19.
Promoter Eddie Hearn was left searching for “any top 10 cruiserweight” last week after Glowacki’s positive test meant the fight for the vacant WBO cruiserweight belt could not take place.
- Lawrence Okolie vs Nikodem Jezewski
- Hughie Fury vs Mariusz Wach
- Martin Bakole vs Sergey Kuzmin
- Qais Ashfaq vs Ashley Lane
- Florian Marku vs Alex Fearon
- Kieron Conway vs Macaulay McGowen