Anthony Joshua obtained his profession again on observe final December with a masterclass victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia to reclaim his world heavyweight titles.
Six months on from his shock defeat to Ruiz Jr in New York City, the Brit produced a close to punch-perfect efficiency in Diriyah to defeat the Mexican within the rematch.
AJ is now able to put these belts again on the road, however the coronavirus disaster put that on maintain.
Tyson Fury’s beautiful win over Deontay Wilder led to requires an all-British mega-fight between him and Joshua.
A two-fight blockbuster conflict between the 2 has now been agreed however first, Fury should overcome Wilder after a 3rd struggle between the pair was booked.
Joshua, in the meantime, will look to heat up for his showdown with Fury by taking over the IBF’s necessary challenger, Kubrat Pulev, in his subsequent bout.
Joshua vs Pulev: Date and venue
Joshua was as a result of face the 39-year-old Bulgarian on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20 however that was cancelled as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Now, promoter Eddie Hearn has informed talkSPORT the struggle is more likely to happen in November or December at London’s o2 Enviornment.
Joshua has not fought on the o2 since defeating Dominic Breazeale in 2016.
Hearn has introduced fights behind closed doorways within the Matchroom HQ again backyard subsequent month, however this gained’t do for AJ.
The Watford man can generate multi-millions in ticket gross sales and so is more likely to wait till crowds return to the UK in some kind.
Plan A, in keeping with Hearn, is for Joshua to return to the 16,000 capability O2 Enviornment in November.
Joshua vs Pulev: What about Tyson Fury?
It has been confirmed that Joshua will face Fury in two all-British blockbuster bouts in 2021 offering he comes by means of his conflict with Pulev.
It’s understood that the 2 camps have been in talks over an undisputed title bout since early Could.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn mentioned: “It’s truthful to say [Joshua and Fury] are in settlement concerning the monetary phrases.
“We’re in place. It’s truthful to say that, in precept, each guys have agreed to that struggle. Two fights.”
In the meantime, Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, mentioned: “The one manner it couldn’t occur is that if one of many guys will get beat.
“Each one needs it to occur. For me this would be the greatest sporting occasion on this nation with these fighters – 4 belts on the road, two Brits combating for the world title, each champions. That is simply mega. I believe it’ll be the most important sporting occasion on this nation since England gained the World Cup in ’66.
“[Fury’s] actually comfortable… it’s one thing he needs, one thing he’s needed for an extended, very long time.
“I believe it’s an incredible struggle for each of them and for followers on this nation and around the world.
“It’s not going to get any extra aggressive than this.”
Joshua vs Pulev: Story of the tape
Joshua – Pulev
Nationality: British – Bulgarian
Age: 30 – 39
Peak: 6ft 6 – 6ft 4
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Attain: 82in – 79in
File: 23-1-0 – 28-1-0
KOs: 21 – 14
Rounds: 103 – 203
Debut: 10/05/2013 – 19/9/2009
Nickname: AJ – The Cobra