Anthony Joshua will defend his unified heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev in June, it has been confirmed. Bulgaria’s Pulev is currently the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title, which he reclaimed last December with a unanimous decision victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia.
Negotiations over the bout have been ongoing for the last few months, with a venue for the contest being one of the main sticking points.
The Emirates and Tottenham Hotspur Stadiums were the front runners to land the bout, which will be the first of Joshua’s second reign as unified heavyweight champion.
And Spurs have pipped their bitter rivals Arsenal to the rights to host the event, which will take place at their new home on June 20.
Joshua said: “On June 20, I am defending my heavyweight world titles. I’m back in my home city after some time away. A spectacular stadium has been built in north London and I’m honoured to bring the boxing community from all over the world to witness us make history with the stadium’s first heavyweight world title fight.
“The belts go back up in the air and nothing will stop me from being victorious.”