Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev: Pula Roman amphitheatre considered as potential venue

The Pula Roman amphitheatre in Croatia is being considered as a potential venue in Anthony Joshua’s  next bout with mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.

Since Anthony Joshua quest to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles against Bulgaria’s Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 20 June has since been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic and no alternative date or venue in sight.

Pulev manager Gotsev has claimed both camps have set aside four weeks to find a new venue if coronavirus measures in place in England do not change, with targets set to deliver the bout in August or September.

The Pula Arena has since been considered. The arena has staged notable concerts featuring Foo Fighters, Luciano Pavarotti and Elton John.

Joshua, 30, first attempt to fight Pulev, 38, was initially scheduled at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in October 2017 but the Bulgarian, known as “The Cobra”, withdrew after suffering a shoulder injury in sparring.

Pulev only career defeat was when he challenged for the IBF world heavyweight title in 2014, losing to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg on a fifth-round knockout.

Pulev’s record stands at 28 wins from 29 bouts, while Joshua has 23 wins from 24.

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