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I'm next in line for a shot at Joshua: Pulev

 

By Robert Jones

Bulgaria's Kubrat Pulev has confirmed he will face Britain's IBF and WBA heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua in Cardiff on 28 October.

The 36-year-old is the mandatory challenger for Joshua's IBF title.

"My preparation is very intensive despite the little time left," Pulev posted on Facebook,  adding the date and confirming Cardiff as the venue.

"I will be perfectly ready when I enter the ring, so that he will not have any chance against me."

He added: "Joshua is a great and dangerous rival. But his style fits perfectly on mine."

The bout has not been confirmed by Joshua's team, with promoter Eddie Hearn stating an announcement would be made today.

Cardiff's Principality Stadium is expected to host the bout six months after Joshua stopped Wladimir Klitschko at a sold-out Wembley Stadium in April.

Klitschko delivered the only defeat of Pulev's 26-fight career in 2015 but the Bulgarian has since won five fights in a row.

Both of Joshua's belts are expected to be on the line as the 27-year-old prepares to add to his 19 wins from 19 fights, all within the distance.

Hearn said that Joshua's aim is to face Pulev before meeting Luis Ortiz, the mandatory challenger for his WBA title - stressing that Joshua does not want to vacate his belts and would rather defend them before facing WBC title holder Deontay Wilder.

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