Joshua v Pulev Preview: Fight Postponed; What Next For Joshua?

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Welcome to BettingPro.com’s complete guide to Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev, 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.

“We’re speaking to Tottenham, we’ve postponed the June 20 date,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “We are working with them for dates in July and early August as well, when we hope we’ll be back. Hopefully we see that fight take place at the end of the summer.”

But is Hearn really that hopeful of swiftly rearranging the date, or could he be more keen to take this window of opportunity to perhaps set up one of the biggest fights ever seen in British boxing – a huge world heavyweight unification showdown between domestic rivals Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

“The one positive that could come out of this for boxing is you might find people jumping into bigger fights sooner, rather than later, because of course, their activity has been slowed,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “Their financial gain has been slowed as well, and it probably makes them realise anything can happen – ‘we need to make sure we get this fight in and I need to define my legacy.’ If Joshua is only going to box once this year, he would very much like that to be against Tyson Fury.

The situation is a little bit out of our hands in that. A lot of it depends on Deontay Wilder. If he’s willing to take that step-aside money. That’s a conversation to be had with Bob Arum and Al Haymon to see if that’s even possible. If it was possible and there was a way to make Kubrat Pulev wait, which I think is probably an easier job, then for sure, I think Anthony Joshua would be extremely interested in moving straight into the Tyson Fury fight. I think in an ideal world, we have that fight next.”

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 Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury in February. The date and running order for the night’s action at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has not been confirmed yet, and the running order 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 likely to put some decent calibre fights on the Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev undercard. No Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev undercard fights have been announced just yet, but as they are we will have a full rundown of them below.

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Undercard

Fights To Be Announced