(Reuters) – Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua wants his next fight to be in London in June, and Tottenham Hotspur's 62,000-seater stadium is the most likely venue, promoter Eddie Hearn said.
Joshua celebrates his win against Andy Ruiz Jr. Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Couldridge / File Photo
Briton Joshua, 30, defeated Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr. in a December rematch in Saudi Arabia to regain his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles.
British media reports that Joshua is on the verge of negotiating a deal with Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev.
“He (Joshua) wants to fight in London in June. We are close to realizing this, ”Hearn told Sky Sports. "Spurs is the leader and that's why he asked me. We deliver that for him.
"We had offers from the Far East, the Middle East, Africa, America and Turkey.
"He made it very clear to me:" I want to come home. I want to box in London next. I was in Madison Square Garden, I was in Saudi Arabia, take me home. Forget the other offers. "
Pulev said he was ready to "bust" the heavyweight world champion in front of his fans in the British capital.
"Calm down, Master, I see that you are very worried about fighting away from home and you are absolutely right, haha!" Said the 38-year-old Pulev on his website.
"But rest assured, if necessary, I'm ready to come to London and bring you to your knees in front of your own fans!"
Pulev, known as The Cobra, fought hard for the IBF World Championship in 2014 and lost to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg in the round of 16.
Joshua last fought in London in September 2018 when he beat Alexander Povetkin at Wembley.
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru and Angel Krasimirov in Sofia; Edited by Peter Rutherford and Toby Chopra