Anthony Joshua To Defend World Heavyweight Title Against Kubrat Pulev In October

The next chapter of Anthony Joshua's career will see the unified world heavyweight championship against mandatory challenger.

Joshua will fight IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on October 28. Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn announced the fight on social media. 

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The fight is expected to break the Principality Stadium record of around 50,000 people set by the 2007 super middleweight title unification bout between Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler. Hearn believes the fight will break the record and calls Joshua "the biggest star in world boxing." 

"I'm delighted that we will be in Cardiff at the magnificent Principality Stadium for the next step of the A.J. journey," Hearn said in an ESPN article. "Nearly 80,000 will gather on October 28 to create another unforgettable night of boxing. Anthony will meet his mandatory challenger, No. 1 ranked Kubrat Pulev, and the card will be stacked with world championship action, domestic title fights and the very best young stars in the game. Get ready for the next episode from the biggest star in world boxing."

Joshua's last fight against Wladimir Klitschko back in April broke the British boxing attendance record with a Wembley crowd of 90,000. Joshua knocked Klitschko out in the 11th round to become the unified WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion. 

Joshua had been ordered by the WBA and IBF to fight mandatory challengers Luis Ortiz and Kubrat Pulev, respectively. Ortiz is challenging WBC champion Deontay Wilder is November, which eliminated any need to choose an immediate mandatory challenger to fight. Joshua was supposed to fight Klitschko in a rematch later this year, but Klitschko retired several weeks ago.

Pulev, the WBA Intercontinental champion, has won all five of his fights since losing the IBF heavyweight title to Klitschko in 2014. 

As far as American television broadcast plans for Joshua vs. Pulev, Chris Mannix is reporting that Showtime will be televising the fight.

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