Britain’s Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on October 28th, the two fighters announced on Tuesday.
Joshua, 27, had been pursuing a Las Vegas rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, who he beat at Wembley in April, only for the Ukrainian to announce his retirement.
Instead, Joshua (19-0) will face IBF mandatory challenger Pulev in a closed roof arena in Cardiff, paving the way for him to make his United States debut next year (2018).
I have been eager to get back in the ring since Wembley and now we are confirmed and ready! – Joshua.
Klitschko delivered the only defeat of Pulev’s 26-fight career in 2015, but the Bulgarian has since won five fights in a row, taking him to a position as the IBF’s mandatory challenger.
“My preparation will be very intense and I will be perfectly ready when I enter the ring so that he will have no chance to beat me.”