Nigerian-born World heavyweight champions, Anthony Joshua, will take on Bulgarian boxer, Kubrat Pulev, for the IBF title on October 28 in Cardiff.
36-year-old Pulev, who is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF title, has confirmed the bout in a post on Facebook: “My preparation is very intensive despite the little time left.”
After writing the the date and confirming Cardiff as the venue, he added: “I will be perfectly ready when I enter the ring, so that he will not have any chance against me.”
Joshua, who also holds the WBA and IBO titles, has been told he must face Pulev before December 2, or risk being stripped of the IBF belt.
The 27-year-old remains undefeated in 19 fights. He had been due to face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch of their April bout, which Joshua won with an 11th-round knockout, but Klitschko has since announced his retirement.
Pulev added: “Anthony Joshua is a great and dangerous rival. But his style fits perfectly on mine.”
Meanwhile, the bout has not been confirmed by Joshua’s team, with promoter Eddie Hearn stating that an announcement would be made on Tuesday.
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