Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev fight to take place in Istanbul in May

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev fight to take place in Istanbul in May

- Kubrat Pulev has confirmed he is fighting heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua

- The Bulgarian fighter was billed to fight Joshua in 2019 but pulled out due to injury

- Pulev has now announced his fight with the Brit will hold in May in Istanbul, Turkey

Bulgarian heavyweight fighter, Kubrat Pulev, has confirmed that his showdown with Anthony Joshua will hold in 2020 in Turkey capital Istanbul.

The 38-year-old boxing star is billed to fight Joshua as mandatory challenger in a title-defence bout that will see IBF belt put in line.

The fight, it was earlier believed, would hold inside Tottenham Hotspurs stadium but the Bulgarian has hinted at possible venjue change with Instabul stadium leading the race.

"The Cobra" Pulev has an impressive 28-1 record, with his defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg back in 2014 being the only dent in his career.

Pulev was lined to fight Joshua in 2017 but pulled out through injury, and it seems the Bulgarian fighter has won the battle over potential heavyweight showdown with the British boxing star.

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The order, which came immediately after reclaiming his heavyweight belts from Mexican star Andy Ruiz, would see the 30-year-old Brit throw his hat into the ring again.

And Pulev has now confirmed he will be Joshua's next challenger, although the 30-year-old's camp has not issued any statement.

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Earlier, had reported that Anthony Joshua has been handed an ultimatum to agree terms over title defence showdown against Kubrat Pulev or be stripped of his belts by the boxing governing body.

Joshua defeated Mexican champion Andy Ruiz in December 2019 in Saudi Arabia on unanimous points decision to reclaim his heavyweight belts.

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