World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is hopeful that boxing followers might be allowed at The O2 in London when he defends his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles in opposition to Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev on Dec. 12.
Joshua, 31, was scheduled to defend his belts in opposition to IBF necessary challenger Pulev on June 20 however the combat was postponed as a result of COVID-19 outbreak.
The rescheduled bout would be the Briton’s first on dwelling soil in over two years however he could must compete behind closed doorways.
“The O2 is the unique lion’s den, I’ve numerous historical past with the world, however with out the followers one thing big is lacking,” Joshua stated.
Plans for the return followers at stadiums for elite sporting occasions from October had been placed on maintain by the federal government amid an increase within the novel coronavirus circumstances in the UK.
“I’m actually hoping that, security allowing, we would have the ability to deliver some boxing followers in, however we should see,” Joshua added.
“I respect each opponent and I respect Pulev. I want him nicely throughout his preparation.”
Joshua regained his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr with a unanimous factors victory in Saudi Arabia final December.
A shoulder harm pressured Pulev out of a scheduled combat in opposition to Joshua at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in October 2017 however he stays optimistic about pulling off a surprising victory.
“For a small nation of Bulgaria to face up for the heavyweight titles is a superb accomplishment,” stated Pulev.
“This combat is for my late father and all Bulgarians around the globe! I’m coming to London to grab the heavyweight championship of the world.”