Wladimir Klitschko’s decision to retire, rather than activate his rematch clauses, has set the stage for Joshua’s clash with Kubrat Pulev.
In anticipation for the potential rematch with Klitschko, Anthony Joshua’s team requested a mandatory exemption for the IBF title. This means that he could face the legend before the belt’s mandatory, Pulev. The condition behind the agreement was that Joshua will face Pulev if Klitschko retires.
Reacting to Klitschko’s retirement, Eddie Hearn told IFL TV his ‘three fight plan’ for AJ. The plan is to face Pulev first, then Luis Ortiz, the mandatory for the WBA strap. Then, WBC champion, Deontay Wilder in Summer 18′.
Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev has now been announced for October 28th. The title clash take place in the principality stadium, Cardiff. This news comes on the heels of Mayweather versus McGregor. Matchroom Boxing was clearly waiting for the huge bout to be over as the news would have been drowned out by the spectacle. Tony Bellew mentioned this as the reason he has not announced his next fight yet.
Kubrat Pulev may not be a name, but this fight is more interesting than it may seem. Pulev held the IBF belt previously until it was taken by Klitschko. He has since rebounded from his only loss with five straight wins.
Nevertheless, it is great to see that Joshua will be back in the ring soon! For more on combat sports, as well as entertainment news and fitness, subscribe!