Anthony Joshua will return to the ring after a year away when he defends the WBA, WBO and IBF world titles against Bulgaria's Kubrat Pulev at the SSE Arena in Wembley.
Joshua lost his collection of belts to Andy Ruiz Jr. in a huge upset at Madison Square Garden in June 2019, but bounced back to regain them in the Saudi Arabia rematch that December.
The first defence of his second reign vs. mandatory challenger Pulev has been hindered all year by the COVID-19 pandemic, but will take place in time for Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn to then move on to finalising a huge champion vs. champion showdown with fellow Brit and WBC titleholder Tyson Fury in 2021.
Of course, Joshua must first avoid another Ruiz-esque slip-up against Pulev, whose only professional loss so far came in his only previous title tilt. He was stopped by Wladimir Klitschko in 2014 after becoming one of the only boxers to force the long-reigning "Dr. Steelhammer" into an open slugfest.
"I have been watching his fights carefully," Pulev said in a recent interview. "He has a good style and he is a good specimen, but he has not shown any mental toughness.
"Yes, he has skills, but he hasn't shown the mental strength. This is something from within, in the blood of a man, and he does not have it.
"Whatever mental toughness he’s got, I know I'm the harder person. This is the difference — my toughness will prevail.
"This is going to be a mind game and a chess game for as long as it lasts — a master chess game — but the only difference is the end is going to come like lightning.
"I can tell the fans that I will expose AJ again and prove they have been idolising the wrong guy. I will expose him to the world for a second time.”
Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev fight date, start time
- Date: Saturday 12 December
- Time: 18:00 GMT
- Main event: 22:30 GMT
The Joshua-Pulev card will begin at 18:00 GMT (1 p.m. ET), with Joshua and Pulev expected to make their ring walks about 22.30 GMT (5:30 p.m. ET), although the time depends on the length of the earlier fights.
Joshua vs. Pulev live stream: How to watch on DAZN
The Joshua vs. Pulev fight is available on DAZN in most territories around the world (excluding the UK and Ireland).
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DAZN will offer English, Spanish and Bulgarian broadcasts of the fight.
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Anthony Joshua record and bio
- Nationality: English
- Born: 15 October 1989
- Height: 6’ 6
- Reach: 82”
- Total fights: 24
- Record: 23-1, 21 KOs
Kubrat Pulev record and bio
- Nationality: Bulgarian
- Born: 4 May 1981
- Height: 6’ 4.5”
- Reach: 79.5”
- Total fights: 29
- Record: 28-1, 14 KOs
Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev fight card
- Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev for Joshua's IBF, WBA (super) and WBO Heavyweight titles
- Lawrence Okolie vs. Nikodem Jezewski; Cruiserweight
- Hughie Fury vs. Mariusz Wach; Heavyweight
- Martin Bakole vs. Sergey Kuzmin; Heavyweight
- Kieron Conway vs. Macaulay McGowan; Super Welterweight
- Florian Marku vs. Jamie Stewart; Welterweight
- Qais Ashfaq vs. Ashley Lane; Women's Super Bantamweight