Joshua vs Pulev undercard: Lawrence Okolie in action, Martin Bakole vs Serguy Kuzmin and Hughie Fury vs Mariusz Wach

Joshua vs Pulev undercard: Lawrence Okolie in action, Martin Bakole vs Serguy Kuzmin and Hughie Fury vs Mariusz Wach

ANTHONY JOSHUA returns to the ring to face Kubrat Pulev in a huge heavyweight bout on December 12.

Joshua hasn't been in action since December 2019, when he beat Andy Ruiz Jr on points in Saudi Arabia.

He'll defend his WBA, WBO and IBF titles against Bulgarian brute Pulev in front of 1,000 fans, as supporters return to boxing events for the first time since March.

AJ is hoping to secure a big fight with Tyson Fury in 2021.

What channel is Joshua vs Pulev on?

  • To watch Joshua's huge clash with Pulev, you'll have to purchase the event on Sky Sports Box Office, which you can do HERE.
  • The night's action will set you back £24.95.
  • The action can be streamed from the Sky Sports Box Office app, which can be downloaded onto a mobile or tablet device.

What time does it start in the UK?

  • The undercard action should get underway from around 6pm GMT, with Joshua and Pulev's fight to begin at around 10.30pm.
  • The event will take place at Wembley Arena.
  • There will be 1,000 fans in attendance.

Joshua vs Pulev FULL CARD

Lawrence Okolie was set to face Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title but Glowacki has tested positive for coronavirus so that fight is off.

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Okolie will still be on the card against a late replacement.

  • Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev (WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight title)
  • Lawrence Okolie vs TBA (cruiserweight)
  • Hughie Fury vs Mariusz Wach (heavyweight)
  • Martin Bakole vs Sergey Kuzmin (heavyweight)
  • Souleymane Cissokho vs Kieron Conway (light-middleweight)
  • Florian Marku vs TBA (welterweight)
  • Qais Ashfaq vs Ashley Lane (super-bantamweight)
  • Ramla Ali vs Vanesa Caballero (featherweight)

What the fighters have said

“It’s going to be intimate; it’s going to be closed circuit,” Joshua said.

“You won’t have to worry about your missus having a pint of beer chucked on her head or 15 guys by the side of you getting into a fight.

“It’s not bad. The pressure is off, you can get in your rhythm. And I think I need that sometimes. I am under a lot of pressure. I am physically good but mentally you have to stay strong.

“This year has been good to unload a lot of pressure and you have to take fighting in front of 1,000 fans as a positive."

Pulev has said:“I have been watching his fights carefully. He has a good style, and he is a good specimen, but he has not shown any mental toughness.

"Yes, he has skills, but he hasn’t shown the mental strength.

"This is something from within, in the blood of a man, and he does not have it.”

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