Anthony Joshua is returning to the ring, a year after reclaiming his World Titles from Andy Ruiz Jr. The Brit heads back to the O2 Arena to defend his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO titles, taking on challenger Kubrat Pulev on December 12. Britain’s Unified World Champion is determined to reign supreme in a hotly-contested Heavyweight division. And Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev odds at online sportsbooks have the defending champion odds on for his upcoming fight.
Joshua has been itching to get this mandatory title defense versus Kubrat Pulev out of the way. The win would mean a possible undisputed heavyweight title clash with fellow Englishman and WBC titleholder Tyson Fury in 2021. But Challenger Kubrat Pulev has proven pedigree, with only one previous defeat to date. And he’ll certainly be hoping to send shockwaves through the sport with an upset victory.
Crowd or no crowd expect an epic battle
Joshua’s IBF title defence against Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 had a record UK crowd of 90,000 fans in attendance, and fight promoter Eddie Hearn has said he will be lobbying for the safe return of fans at the event in this December. 258 Managing Director Freddie Cunningham has also said he will be working with Matchroom to build a card full of 258 fighters to give the fans entertainment throughout the undercard.
“Over a year after regaining his crown, Anthony Joshua takes on yet another dangerous opponent in Mandatory Challenger Kubrat Pulev. AJ’s resume is unrivalled, and this is the final hurdle until we challenge for the undisputed crown next year” said Hearn. “I know Team Pulev and Bob Arum will be doing all they can to become World Champion on Dec 12 but AJ constantly evolves and improves. I expect a dominant performance and a spectacular KO to close out 2020”.
John Wirt, President of Epic Sports and Entertainment, disagrees. “Crowd or no crowd, we are coming to AJ’s backyard to claim the titles. Come December 12, there will be no more excuses or delays. I guarantee that it will be an epic battle and that Kubrat will stop AJ inside the distance”. Whoever your money may be on, you’ll find Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev odds on your preferred markets and betting predictions at trusted online gambling sites in the UK.
Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev odds predict showdown with Fury in 2021
Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World Anthony Joshua (23-1, 20 KOs) is inching closer to boxing history. His last fight resulted in a unanimous decision victory over Andy Ruiz Jr at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia in December 2019. On an historic night that saw the Heavyweight World Titles contested in the Middle East for the first time, he became a two-time unified heavyweight champion. You can read more about the pre-fight predictions on that fight here Joshua Might Win Before 6th Round.
December 12 will see the first defense of his belts since reclaiming his position as Unified Heavyweight World Champion. The three-belt titleholder is excited not only about returning to the ring, but about doing so in his home country. The fight will be his first on UK soil in over two years. His last fight in the UK ended with a seventh-round TKO win over Russia’s Alexander Povetkin in September 2018. And he will be aiming to deal with Pulev in style. The goal is to set up an undisputed showdown against WBC Champion and fellow Brit Tyson Fury in 2021.
Kubrat Pulev gets second shot at World honours
Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) is the IBF’s No.1-ranked Heavyweight Mandatory Challenger. This will be his second shot at World honours, after his defeat to modern legend Wladimir Klitschko back in 2014. The fifth-round knockout was the only defeat he has suffered during his 29-fight professional career to date. He has earned the title shot, working his way back up the ladder to title contention. He’s won eight consecutive fights since, including victories over Derek Chisora and an IBF Eliminator against Hughie Fury in 2018. And the Bulgarian now wants to right the wrong of the Klitschko fight.
The two have history – Pulev has been waiting for a chance to face Joshua for almost three years. The Bulgarian superstar was set to challenge Joshua at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in October 2017, but was forced to withdraw by a shoulder injury. He’ll now get his chance to ruin the champion’s plans to face Fury in an all-British blockbuster showdown in 2021. “For a small country of Bulgaria to stand up for the Heavyweight Titles is a great accomplishment”, said Pulev. “This fight is for my late father and all Bulgarians around the world! I’m coming to London to seize the Heavyweight Championship of the World”. And Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev odds will pay nicely in the event an upset should happen.
Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev odds favour the two-time unified heavyweight champion
Sky Sports Box Office will broadcast the fight live in the UK. It will also feature on DAZN in all of its nine markets, including the U.S. And the fight for the vacant WBO cruiserweight belt between Lawrence Okolie (14-0-1, 11 KOs) and Krzysztof Głowacki (31-2, 19 KOs) is looking like it will take place prior to Joshua vs Pulev.
DoubleBet Sportsbook are offering Outright Winner odds on Joshua 1.112 and Pulev 7.9, as well as Win (2Way), Double Chance, Method Of Victory and Win In Round markets. Method Of Victory odds for Joshua to win by KO,TKO, DQ or Refusal 1.33 are shorter than those for him to win by Decision 4.2. The Win In Round market has shortest odds on him ending the fight in Rounds 4-7. But whichever you want to wager, be sure to check out some good online sportsbooks in the UK for Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev odds on your betting predictions before December 12.