British world champion says he cannot wait to get back into the ring to take on the Bulgarian
ANTHONY JOSHUA will fight Kubrat Pulev on October 28 at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, he has confirmed.
The heavyweight king is putting his IBF, WBA and IBO titles on the line against the Bulgarian.
The fight comes six months after Joshua, 27, beat Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley to add the WBA title to his IBF and IBO belts.
Pulev, 36, is the mandatory challenger for the IBF title and AJ faced being stripped of it unless he agreed to the bout.
Details of their fight were revealed yesterday.
And Joshua confirmed them today in a video he posted onto Instagram.
He said: “October 28, I’ll be defending my IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight championship of the world against a fighter called Kubrat Pulev.
“He’s game, he’s ready and it’s been a long time coming.
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“Thanks for your support over the years. I can’t wait to get back into the ring and perform.”
Pulev wrote on his official Facebook page: “Anthony Joshua is a great and dangerous rival. But his style fits perfectly on mine.
“Boxing styles dictate the meeting between them. In this battle there won’t be much hugs, there will be strong boxing.
“My preparations are very intense for the short time I have. I’ll be completely ready when I get in the ring. So he doesn’t stand a chance against me.”
Joshua had been pencilled in for a rematch against Wladimir Klitschko before he retired last month.
AJ, who has won all 19 of his professional fights by KO, floored the Ukrainian in the 11th round in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley last April.
Kubrat boasts a 25-1 record having lost once only to Klitschko in November 2015 by KO.