The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London is the likeliest venue to stage Joshua’s homecoming.A deal is now in place and confirmation will come later on Monday.
The defence of his IBF, WBA and WBO titles will be Joshua’s first fight on UK soil in nearly two years, since he beat Alexander Povetkin at Wembley. Last year he was beaten in New York by Andy Ruiz Jr then won a rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Joshua’s sights are on an undisputed title fight against new WBC champion Tyson Fury, a mega occasion which would crown one ruler of the division, but he must first dispose of his mandatory challenger in Pulev. Fury will, meanwhile, have a third fight with DEONTAY Wilder expected in July.
“I’m ready to come to London and bust you up in front of your own fans,” Pulev has previously warned.
The Bulgarian, 38, has lost just once in 29 fights. That came in his sole world title fight, against Wladimir Klitschko, in 2013. He has since beaten Derek Chisora and Hughie Fury.
Pulev was first set to challenge Joshua in 2017 but withdrew injured and will now get his opportunity to ruin the champion’s hopes of facing Tyson Fury.
Joshua has been renewing his batteries and spending allot of time with his family in Nigeria and vacations around the world.