Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev: Preview, How to Watch, Date, Time, and Undercard

Published 12/12/2020, 1:32 AM EST

Anthony Joshua will take on Kubrat Pulev in a highly anticipated fight to mark the end of the year. In a year that has been riddled with uncertainty, we are now on the brink of a blockbuster heavyweight event. ‘AJ’ will defend his belts against the Bulgarian Pulev and the fight will take place at the SSE Arena, London, England on December 12. Furthermore, it will be a rare boxing event that will feature fans, with 1000 fans being allowed to enter the arena.

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Joshua will set out to make a statement in the division since he is coming off a fairly subdued victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in his last fight. Ruiz Jr beat the Englishman, only for ‘AJ’ to get his revenge in the re-match. Since then, many critics have questioned Joshua’s mettle and he will love to silence them. His promoter Eddie Hearn thinks Joshua will make light work of it. However, this will in a way be an easy fight.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts with Eddie Hearn and Barry Hearn after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Pulev has a fairly decent track record and only one defeat. That defeat was against former champion Wladimir Klitschko. However, he has fought no one from the top fighters. With this being said, he is a powerful boxer who walks you down and wants to trade punches.

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His size and power will always be a constant threat to Joshua. Furthermore, Pulev has the added incentive that this could be his last chance at the title. Plus his promoter, Ivaylo Gotzev thinks Pulev has the upper-hand in the fight.

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Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev: Undercard

The Joshua-Pulev is not the only exciting fight on the card. Unbeaten cruiserweights Lawrence Okolie and Nikodem Jezewski will battle it out to be the next in line for a world title shot. Both fighters have never lost professionally and will look to preserve that record. It will be a fantastic way to lead up to the main event of the night.

The action doesn’t end there. The card is packed with talented fighters and exciting match-ups. Florian Marku will take on Alex Fearon in a welterweight clash, in what will be his Matchroom debut. Super-welterweight Kieron Conway will face Souleymane Cissokho, while Hughie Fury will take on Mariusz Wach. Ramla Ali was going to fight on the card, however, she tested positive for COVID-19 and they scrapped the fight.


There is more heavyweight action. The WBC International title will be on the line when Martin Bakole and Sergey Kuzmin meet in the ring. And the fight to get the main card started on the night will be Qais Ashfaq vs Ashley Lane. Overall, it will be a packed card, filled with entertaining fights.

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Joshua vs Pulev: Date, Time, and Platform

The main event is scheduled to take place at 10:30 PM GMT on December 12. The fight will be available on Sky Sports Box Office and will be a PPV event available for a total of £24.95. This means that for fans in the US and Canada, the main event will take place at 5:30 PM ET/ 2:30 PM PT on December 12.

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In India, Joshua vs Pulev undercard will kick off at 12:30 am on December 13. The main event is expected to take place around 4 am.

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 11: Anthony Joshua (l) and Kubrat Pulev pictured head to head during a media opportunity ahead of their World Heavyweight title clash at Principality Stadium on September 11, 2017, in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The fight will be streamed on the Sky Sports app. Furthermore, DAZN will stream the fight exclusively in the US and Canada.

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Thus, given the significance of the main event and the stacked under-card, this event is one you can not miss. And when you consider the PPV price, though it may be pricier than previous events, it is still cheaper when compared to other PPV events at this end of the year cluster. So make sure you don’t miss out on all the action.

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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