Nigerian-born British boxer, Anthony Joshua has confirmed that he will defend his world heavyweight titles against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in London on June 20.
Joshua on Monday posted a picture of himself wearing his belts on his Twitter feed with the words “June 20th”.
The decision is a clear indication that the boxer has decided to look beyond a possible clash with another British boxer, Tyson Fury, who recently defeated his American challenger, Deontay Wilder in a stunning technical knockout.
Joshua regained the World Boxing Association, (WBA), International Boxing Federation, (IBF) and World Boxing Organisation, (WBO) titles with unanimous points win over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia in December.
That victory saw the Briton avenge the first defeat of his professional career, in New York last June.
Joshua is set to face Bulgaria’s Pulev at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London.
Pulev, who is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF title, pulled out of a scheduled meeting with the Briton in 2017 due to injury.
A much-anticipated all-British “superfight” between Joshua and Tyson Fury suffered a setback when American Deontay Wilder said he would trigger a clause in his contract for a third meeting with the new WBC champion.