Puled issued an update on his Facebook page on Monday morning to claim that the contract for the heavyweight contest has been signed, with Joshua putting the IBF, WBA and WBO titles on the line on his return to the United Kingdom.
Capital Punishment! London he’s back!!!! Unified World Heavyweight champ @anthonyfjoshua will face mandatory challenger @KubratPulev June 20 @SpursOfficial @skysportsboxing 🇬🇧🔥 pic.twitter.com/NlH7oX49iX
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) March 2, 2020
“The contract is already officially signed,” the 38-year-old former European amateur super-heavyweight champion Pulev said. “I am happy to be able to show the world how strong I am.”
Neither Joshua nor his promoter’s, Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, have confirmed the agreement, but last week Hearn admitted that the fight was “agreed in principle” with the final details left to be ironed out.
Joshgua did however follow Pulev’s claim by posting a cryptic tweet on his Twitter account that suggested a full announcement was imminent.
Pulev’s last bout saw the 28-1 veteran defeat Rydell Booker by unanimous decision in November, while Joshua regained his world titles by avenging his defeat against Andy Ruiz Jr in their December rematch.