Boxing fans have just finished the ‘Mayweather vs. McGregor” money fight and are now gearing up for what boxing analysts are promoting as the super fight of the year between Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (GGG) vs. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez which takes place on September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Joshua vs. Pulev Set For Cardiff
Fans will be treated to more action in October as there are reports that Britain’s Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA and IBO titles against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev. The match will take place on October 28 at the National Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The 36 year old Pulev has confirmed the fight and stated that he was excited to fight the 27 year old British boxer who has fought 19-0 record and all of his wins have been via KO.
There were rumors in August that a potential fight between Joshua and Pulev was on the cards but Pulev came out strong and said on August 24 that he was not on the same page as his promoters with regards to fixing a date for the fight. Pulev felt that his promoters were rushing him and fixing a date without consulting him. The Bulgarian stated that he needed a minimum of 3-4 months to prepare to fight Joshua but now appears to have changed his stance.
Anthony Joshua Remains Undefeated
Pulev has fought 26 times in his professional career and has lost only once. That defeat came in 2015 to the legendary Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium. Anthony Joshua’s last match was against the 41 year old Klitschko and Joshua took him out in the 11th round. There were talks of a possible re-match between the two but Klitschko announced his retirement from boxing in August and put that to rest.
BoxRec and Transnational Boxing Rankings Board rank Anthony Joshua as the best heavyweight boxer in the world right now and he will enter his fight against Kubrat Pulev as the favorite. The 27 year British boxer is expected to fight Pulev and then go on to defend his belts against Luis Ortiz who is the mandatory challenge for Joshua’s WBA title. Should Anthony Joshua manage to win both those fights, he will set his sights on facing Deontay Wilder for the WBC title in 2018.
There have also been rumors floating around that Anthony Joshua could also make a transition and start his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career with a debut in 2018 in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).