Kubrat Pulev will challenge for the world heavyweight title for the second time in his career on October 28 in Cardiff, Wales.
The Bulgarian brute confirmed his forthcoming date with destiny via the form of social media following an agreement to meet Anthony Joshua later this year.
Talks had been ongoing between both sides for some time as Pulev was stipulated as the next contender in line by the International Boxing Federation.
“Anthony Joshua is a formidable and a dangerous opponent. But his style fits mine perfectly. In boxing, styles make the fight. We will not hug, we will not run back, we will fight on October 28 in Cardiff,” said Pulev.
“My preparation is very intensive despite the little time left. I will be perfectly ready when I enter the ring, so that he will not have any chance against me.”
Joshua has asked the WBA for special dispensation to defend againt Pulev as the Briton also has a mandatory to face Luis Ortiz as ordered by President Gilberto Mendoza.
‘AJ’ is set to put his WBA, IBF and IBO straps on the line for the first time on the back of unifying the titles with victory over Wladimir Klitschko back in April.
Klitschko, who ironically fended off Pulev’s attempts to win the championship in his first challenge in 2014, was offered first refusal on fighting Joshua but chose instead to retire.
This left the door open for Joshua to take care of his obligation to Pulev, and with talk of Ortiz possibly facing WBC title holder Deontay Wilder, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist could be free from mantatories after the October date.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay