Joshua vs. Pulev will be taking place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in Tottenham, London. Like all of Joshua’s fights, it’ll be shown on Sky Sports Box Office.
Pulev is vowing to “fulfill my destiny” when he faces Joshua on June 20, and he seems sure of himself going into this fight. The 38-year-old former amateur star has put together an eight-fight winning streak since losing to former IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko by a 5th round knockout on November 15, 2014.
Although most of the fighters Pulev has beaten in the last 6 years have been run-of-the-mill level opposition, he’s done well against them. Among the mix of commonplace opponents, Pulev has beaten, he has a victory over Dereck Chisora in 2016. Chisora is a good gate-keeper level heavyweight, who challenged for a world title many years ago against WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in 2012.
“I am happy to have the opportunity to show the world how strong I really am,’ said Pulev.
“He’s the mandatory challenger and the responsibility of being the newly crowned heavyweight champion of the world, and I’ve got my duties,” said Joshua to IFL TV. “If I don’t, I’ll be stripped of my [IBF] title, which I don’t want to be, because I fought so hard to get them. So, I’m up for the challenge. Good luck to him and I’ll be looking to keep my titles in London.
Fans wouldn’t be bothered if Joshua gave up his IBF title, and moved on to face some of the better heavyweights in the division. There’s no demand from boxing fans to watch Joshua use up one of his valuable fights facing an aging 40-ish heavyweight like Pulev. Joshua could have done much better facing one of these fighters;
AJ says he won’t bring to the Pulev fight the same unpopular style that he used in his win over Ruiz in Saudi. That was the Wladimir Klitschko style of fighting, which saw Joshua using movement, holding and jabbing from the outside.
It was the perfect style for Joshua to defeat the slow-footed 283-lb Ruiz Jr., but it turned off a lot of boxing fans worldwide. Most fans prefer Joshua to fight the way he did before, which involved him going after his opponents with his power game to knock them out.