Anthony Joshua & Kubrat Pulev are set to face off in a Saturday showcase for heavyweight titles. Here’s all the information needed before the showdown.
- Date: Saturday, December 12
- Location: The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, England
- Time: 2:00 PM ET USA | 10:30 PM ET UK
- TV Boradcast: DAZN USA | Sky Sports Box Office UK
- Price: DAZN ($19.99 monthly subscription or $99.99 annually) USA
Sky Sports Box Office (£24.95) UK
|Record||23-1-0, 21 KO||28-1-0, 14 KO|
|Titile(s)||Two-time unified heavyweight champion, holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles||Former two-time European heavyweight champion|
|Height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Reach||82 in (208 cm)||80 in (202 cm)
|Nickname(s)||AJ||Kobrata ("The Cobra")|
|Hometown||Watford, Hertfordshire, England||Sofia, People's Republic of Bulgaria|
Fight/Undercards & Odds
- Anthony Joshua (-1000) vs. Kubrat Pulev (+600) for Joshua’s IBF, WBA (super) and WBO Heavyweight titles
- Lawrence Okolie (-2250) vs. Nikodem Jezewski (+950) | Cruiserweight
- Hughie Fury (-600) vs. Mariusz Wach (+400) |Heavyweight
- Martin Bakole (-315) vs. Sergey Kuzmin (+245) | Heavyweight
- Kieron Conway (-1400) vs. Macauly McGowan (+750)| Junior Middleweight
- Ramla Ali vs. Vanesa Caballero | Women’s Junior Lightweight
- Qais Ashfaq vs. Ashley Lane | Women’s Junior Featherweight
Odds provided by Bovada Sports Book.
- According to The Telegraph, there are no set purses for the fight. However, it is believed that Joshua will earn in the region of £10 million.
- Pulev is expected to rake in around £3 million from the bout.
- Both fighters could see those figures increase if the pay-per-view numbers go well.
“You know what? It is a run-out for Joshua He’s just had two hard fights back to back, emotionally more than physically. So smart business, the Pulev fight. Pulev is old now and he was never really great in his heyday. He is happy to take care of his mandatory duties. So it’s a keep-busy fight.” – Dillian Whyte
“It’s heavyweight boxing, especially someone as big as they are, either could win. If Andy Ruiz can knock Joshua out, then Pulev definitely can. Pulev’s a lot bigger guy and punches probably harder than Ruiz does.” – Tyson Fury
Prediction: Sitting on the fence
“I think he wipes the floor with Pulev. I think he’s significantly better. In his last fight against Andy Ruiz Jr, he’s looked as good as he’s ever looked for me. He stuck to a game plan, he shed a lot of the unnecessary bulk and he was just lean and mean and fast and that’s the new AJ that I think has the best shot against anyone.” – David Haye
“I know Pulev will come game, that’s a fight he’s wanted for a while. But Joshua, we’ve seen him come back from losing to Andy Ruiz and putting on a good display of boxing. I think he’ll just be too quick and too experienced.” – Joseph Parker
“All things being normal, AJ has the better boxing IQ as proven in his contest against Andy Ruiz Jr, in a rematch I couldn’t see him winning because I thought he would try to use his power. Instead, he used his boxing IQ and took the championship titles back in impressive boxing form. If all is normal then AJ is no doubt the favourite. But because nothing is normal in these peculiar times, I suspect Pulev might win this fight and if I were a betting man, which I’m not, that’s where my money would be.” – Chris Eubank Sr.