LONDON (Reuters) – Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua's next fight will almost certainly be in Britain against the mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev from Bulgaria, British promoter Eddie Hearn said on Wednesday.
Anthony Joshua celebrates his win against Andy Ruiz Jr. Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Couldridge / File Photo
Hearn informed Sky Sports TV that a number of venues in London and Cardiff are being considered and the fight is expected to take place in late May or early June.
Joshua hit Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia in December to recover the belts of the WBO, IBF, WBA, and IBO that he lost in New York in June.
This fight in Madison Square Garden was Joshua's first title fight outside of the UK.
Hearn said the fight against Pulev should be over in a few weeks.
"It will almost certainly be AJ's next fight, and it will almost certainly be in Britain," he added.
“The main problem is that Pulev wants to make as much money as possible for this fight.
“There is not as much money for this fight in Britain as elsewhere, but AJ gave me the instruction: 'I boxed in New York, I boxed in Saudi Arabia, I would like to do this fight in Great Britain. & # 39; , "
Hearn listed the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in North London and the Arsenal stadium in the Emirates, including Twickenham and Cardiff.
Joshua also has a mandatory WBO challenger in Oleksandr Usyk, but the Ukrainian is expected to face Brit Dereck Chisora in March or April before shooting Joshua if the champion defeats Pulev.
Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Edited by David Goodman