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Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev LIVE: Champ fired up for blockbuster return

Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua faces Bulgarian hardman Kubrat Pulev in a blockbuster at London’s Wembley Arena on Sunday morning AEDT.
Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua faces Bulgarian hardman Kubrat Pulev in a blockbuster at London’s Wembley Arena on Sunday morning AEDT.

Joshua is putting his IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO heavyweight belts on the line in front of a COVID-19-restricted crowd of 1,000 in a highly-anticipated bout.

The pair had twice been scheduled to fight before, only for a Pulev injury to postpone a 2017 fight and COVID-19 to again delay a fight in June this year.

Now, the star duo finally meet – and fireworks are guaranteed.

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AJ and Pulev get HEATED!

AJ and Pulev get HEATED!

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Former Olympic champion Joshua boasts a record of 23-1 with 21 knockouts, with his only defeat a stunning boilover to Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jnr in June 2019.

Six months later, he regained the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight belts in a points win over Ruiz Jnr in Saudi Arabia.

Now he returns to the ring a year and three days after that victory, facing a 39-year-old Bulgarian veteran with a 28-1 record.

Pulev – ‘The Cobra’ – only lost to Ukraine champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2014 in a world title bout.

Joshua weighed in at 109kg while Pulev tipped the scales at 108kg.

The pair are expected to walk to the ring sometime between 8am and 9am AEDT on Sunday morning, and we’ll have all the action covered in our live blog below!

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LIVE BLOG

Follow the action in our live blog below. If you can’t see the blog, click here.

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