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Anthony Joshua will return to the ring on Saturday after avenging his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. last December while regaining his heavyweight titles to face the challenge of Kubrat Pulev. Joshua emerging victorious would move him one step closer to a mega-fight with WBC champion Tyson Fury to unify all four recognized world championships.
Pulev is getting what is likely his final shot to become world champion. In 2014, he suffered a knockout loss against Wladimir Klitschko in a bout for the IBF title. He has since won eight consecutive fights to earn his latest title shot. At 39 years old, the clock is ticking on Pulev, but the odds remain heavily in favor of Joshua retaining his titles.
There's a lot of action expected on Saturday in London. Be sure you're following all of CBS Sports' coverage of the event, including how you can watch and follow the action live below.
Joshua vs. Pulev card, odds
Anthony Joshua (c) -1000 vs. Kubrat Pulev +650, IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight championship
Lawrence Okolie vs. Nikodem Jezewski, cruiserweights
Hughie Fury -650 vs. Mariusz Wach +475, heavyweights
Martin Bakole -330 vs. Sergey Kuzmin +260, heavyweights
Kieron Conway vs. Macaulay McGowan, super welterweight
Florian Marku vs. Jamie Stewart, welterweights
Qais Ashfaq vs. Ashley Lane, women's super bantamweights
How to watch Joshua vs. Pulev
Date: Dec. 12 | Start Time: 2 p.m. ET
Location: SSE Arena -- London, England
Following what was a tumultuous 2019 that witnessed him lose his trio of heavyweight titles via upset knockout only to be criticized for how safe he fought in winning them back, Anthony Joshua has learned to let the criticism of others slide off of him.
Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) believes he's a better person for having experienced his two-fight series with Andy Ruiz Jr. and plans to show that on Saturday when he faces mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) in front of a quarantined attendance of 1,000 fans inside London's Wembley Arena (DAZN, 2 p.m. ET).
"The pressure I went through last year was tough but it made me stronger mentally with thicker skin," Joshua said during Thursday's final press conference. "I have always been tough and wanted to fight the best, that's not the issue. What have I to lose? I only have to gain."
Despite Pulev's lack of a crossover name, Joshua has plenty of respect for the danger that the native of Bulgaria brings.
The 39-year-old Pulev attacked former unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko with reckless endangerment during his lone pro defeat in 2014 before Klitschko delivered a knockout blow. It was a fight in which Joshua, then just a handful of fights into his pro career, served as one of Klitschko's chief sparring partners in training camp.
Joshua, 31, said there will be no problem getting up for this mandatory fight because of the fact that he respects Pulev and the eight-fight win streak he uncorked in the aftermath of the Klitschko fight. This weekend's challenge is one that was originally scheduled to happen in late 2017 until a shoulder injury saw Pulev withdraw and Carlos Takam take his place at the last minute en route to a stoppage defeat.
Given Pulev's aggressive style, there has been some question as to whether Joshua's knockout loss to Ruiz in June 2019 changed him as a fighter because of how passively he chose to box from the outside in claiming a unanimous decision in their rematch last December.
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