Joshua v Pulev Preview: Fight Times, Info & Undercard For December 12

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Welcome to BettingPro.com’s complete guide to Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev on December 12, including the Joshua v Pulev UK Time for fight night and details of the Joshua v Pulev undercard.

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Joshua v Pulev Date: Where & When Will Joshua v Pulev Take Place?

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev was scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday June 20, but it came as no surprise in early April when Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that the heavyweight title fight would be postponed.

Hearn was hoping for a rescheduled date in July or August, but those plans had to then be put on ice until it was finally announced that Joshua and Pulev would finally share a ring on December 12.

“After a challenging year for everyone, to end with the unified world heavyweight championship is very special,” Hearn said when the new date was confirmed.

“Over a year after regaining his crown, Anthony Joshua takes on yet another dangerous opponent in mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. AJ’s resume is unrivalled, and this is the final hurdle until we challenge for the undisputed crown next year.

“Whilst it’s unusual to think of an AJ fight without tens of thousands of fans in attendance, we will be doing everything we can to lobby for the safe return of fans to this event, we have to move forward together.

“I know Team Pulev will be doing all they can to become world champion on December 12 but AJ constantly evolves and improves and I expect a dominant performance and a spectacular KO to close out 2020.”

Wembley Arena in London, England will play host to the bout on December 12 and it has now been confirmed that a limited crowd will be able to attend the event, with the current limit set at 1,000.

Joshua v Pulev UK Time: What Time Will Joshua v Pulev Start?

The good news for UK fight fans is that they will not be required to stay up until the early hours of the morning to watch Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev, like they had to for the year’s other huge heavyweight fight, Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury 2 back in February.

The running order for the night’s action at Wembley Arena has not been confirmed yet and is unlikely to be confirmed until the week of the fight. However, we can expect the Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev ring walk time to be no earlier than 9:30pm UK time.

Joshua v Pulev UK Time

Main Event No Earlier Than 9:30 GMT

 

How Can I Watch Joshua v Pulev In The UK?

As always with big title fights, UK viewers will have to pay to see this one because the Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev world heavyweight title fight will be aired exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office. You do not need to have a subscription to the Sky Sports package in order to purchase the fight for £19.95 though, you just need to have the ability to order the PPV via Sky, Virgin Media or TalkTalk. As well as the Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev main event, several undercard fights will be broadcast by Sky Sports Box Office as part of the presentation.

If you are not planning on watching the PPV there are still ways to follow it in full. BBC Radio 5 Live’s boxing coverage is outstanding and will be broadcasting the fight live on radio, while if you are not fussed about following it live and can wait a few days, Sky Sports will air the fight in full to subscribers and add it to their YouTube page before the end of the week.

Joshua v Pulev: Who Will Win?

Anthony Joshua after reclaiming the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship belts from Andy Ruiz (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images).

It will come as no surprise that we expect Anthony Joshua to beat Kubrat Pulev when the two men finally meet. You can expect the challenger to be ‘talked up’ in the lead-up to the fight with Joshua, Eddie Hearn etc hailing him as a ‘dangerous opponent’ for the champion and Joshua’s knockout loss to Andy Ruiz Jr and the fact he was dropped by Wladimir Klitschko will be mentioned repeatedly along with the claim that ‘anybody can be rocked and stopped by one big punch’ in the heavyweight division.

However, Pulev does not have a track record to suggest that he can follow in Ruiz Jr’s footsteps by shocking the world and denying fight fans a heavyweight unification fight involving Joshua later this year. Pulev’s knockout percentage is below 50% and this is a man whose most notable success in recent times was a decision win over Hughie Fury – hardly something that is going to have Joshua and his camp quaking in their boots.

Joshua, quite frankly, should be too good for Pulev. The champion will show poise and precision to pick apart his challenger, but unlike the Ruiz Jr fight where he had to show caution due to his opponent’s power, Joshua will not have to worry too much about what is coming back his way. Therefore he will be able to show a more ruthless streak and take out Pulev inside the distance. Click on the box below to back Joshua to win in Rounds 7-12 or check out our Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev tips for more betting advice and markets.


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Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Archive/PA Images).

Who’s Fighting On The Joshua v Pulev Undercard?

Boxing undercards are not often loaded affairs, but with a large stable of notable boxers Matchroom Boxing are putting some decent calibre fights on the Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev undercard.

Hughie Fury, brother of world champion Tyson, will look to make it back-to-back wins when he faces veteran heavyweight Marisuz Wach, while the WBC international heavyweight belt is up for grabs when Martin Bakole bids to win his fifth straight fight against Sergey Kuzmin, who was beaten over 12 rounds by Michael Hunter in his last fight over a year ago.

For undercard tips, click on the fights below…

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Undercard

Hughie Fury v Marisuz Wach

Martin Bakole v Sergey Kuzmin