The deal is done. Anthony Joshua will fight the IBF’s mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, 20th June.

An AJ win will likely set up a unification mega fight with the winner of Fury v Wilder 3.

For now, it’s all about Pulev. Here’s what the champ had to say about his next opponent:

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – our first take

This is not an easy fight for AJ.

Pulev has only one loss on his record, and that came against the great Wladimir Klitschko.

The Bulgarian’s a tough, durable, physically imposing fighter who can bang a bit harder than his 50% KO record would suggest.

And he has some creditable names on his resume, like Samuel Peter, Dereck Chisora, Michael Sprott, Matt Skelton and Hughie Fury.

The good news for AJ

At 38, and with just four fights in nearly three years, Pulev has lost a step.

His last bout was a low-key points’ win over the blown-up American cruiserweight Rydall Booker in November 2019.

Stylistically, he looks made for AJ.

Happy to trade at range – while standing erect and offering little head movement – he could be vulnerable to the devastating one-two combo that has sent so many AJ opponents to sleep.

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