Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev is set to move to Wembley Arena

Anthony Joshua’s world title defence against Kubrat Pulev to move from London’s O2 to Wembley Arena as Eddie Hearn admits plans for 1,000 fans to attend December bout are up in the air amid second lockdown

  • Anthony Joshua is scheduled to battle it out with Kubrat Pulev on December 12
  • It was originally scheduled for the O2 Arena but the venue is set to change
  • Eddie Hearn has revealed the fight is now set to take place at the SSE Arena
  • The Brit hasn’t fought since winning his rematch vs Andy Ruiz last December

Anthony Joshua’s world title defence against Kubrat Pulev next month is set to switch venues to the SSE Arena.

The clash for Joshua’s WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight belts is currently scheduled for The O2 on December 12, but the second lockdown has effectively killed off the plan to stage the fight in front of a limited crowd.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn indicated a fortnight ago he would consider taking the fight abroad in favour of a venue permitted to hold fans, but it is now almost certain that it will shift to the SSE, formerly Wembley Arena.

Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight fight against Kubrat Pulev is set to take place at the SSE Arena

Hearn, whose Matchroom company are two cards into a four-show deal with the venue, told Sportsmail: ‘It is looking like Wembley Arena. 

‘We are set up there at the moment and obviously the situation with a second lockdown has changed things.

‘We were hoping for a crowd at The O2, maybe 4,000 people, and we might possibly be allowed 1,000 but it’s hard to say at this point.

The showdown between Joshua and Pulev was originally scheduled for the O2 on December 12

‘We have been talking to the DCMS (the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and we just have to go stage by stage and see. AJ is ready to go. He just wants to fight.’

Joshua hasn’t fought since winning his rematch against Andy Ruiz last December. 

A loose framework is in place for two bouts with WBC champion Tyson Fury, who confirmed on Sunday that his December 5 clash with Agit Kabayel has been abandoned amid the legal wrangling with Deontay Wilder over a trilogy fight.

Eddie Hearn admitted plans for fans to attend are up in the air due to the second lockdown




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