ANTHONY JOSHUA will defend his world heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.
Joshua (pictured), who won back the WBA, IBF and WBO belts from Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia in December, confirmed the date in a social-media post.
It will mark the first time the 62,000-seater stadium in north London has staged a bout.
The 38-year-old Pulev, who is mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF belt, had originally been set to face the Briton in 2017 but withdrew because of an injury.
Hopes that Joshua could land an imminent clash with Tyson Fury were dashed when Deontay Wilder exercised his right to a third meeting.
However, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has already indicated he is keen on the all-British showdown should both be successful in their next bouts.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren, meanwhile, has confirmed the third Wilder fight, contracted to be held in the States, will be held at a similar time to the Joshua fight.
‘It will take place by the end of June, early July — no later than that,’ he told Talksport yesterday.
Warren added victories for the two Britons will mean their unification showdown ‘will happen this year’.