Joshua vs Pulev undercard FREE: Lawrence Okolie in action, Ashfaq vs Lane, Bakole vs Kuzmin and Hughie Fury vs Wach

ANTHONY JOSHUA returns to the ring to face Kubrat Pulev in a huge heavyweight bout this weekend.

Joshua hasn't been in action since December 2019, when he beat Andy Ruiz Jr on points in Saudi Arabia.

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He'll defend his WBA, WBO and IBF titles against Bulgarian brute Pulev in front of 1,000 fans, as supporters return to boxing events for the first time since March.

AJ is hoping to secure a big fight with Tyson Fury in 2021.

What channel is Joshua vs Pulev on?

  • To watch Joshua's huge clash with Pulev, you'll have to purchase the event on Sky Sports Box Office, which you can do HERE.
  • The night's action will set you back £24.95.
  • The action can be streamed from the Sky Sports Box Office app, which can be downloaded onto a mobile or tablet device.
  • You can watch some of the undercard for FREE, however, as Qais Ashfaq takes on Ashley Lane from 5.30pm on Facebook.

What time does it start in the UK?

  • The undercard action should get underway from around 5.30pm GMT on Facebook, with Joshua and Pulev's fight to begin at around 10.30pm.
  • The coverage on Sky Sports Box Office will begin from 6pm.
  • The event will take place at Wembley Arena.
  • There will be 1,000 fans in attendance.

Joshua vs Pulev FULL CARD

Lawrence Okolie was set to face Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title but Glowacki tested positive for coronavirus.

The Brit will instead faceNikodem Jezewski, but the fight will not be for the title as the unbeaten Pole is not ranked by the WBO.

Elsewhere, Ramla Ali's bout is off after she tested positive for coronavirus.

  • Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev (WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight title)
  • Lawrence Okolie vs Nikodem Jezewski (cruiserweight)
  • Hughie Fury vs Mariusz Wach (heavyweight)
  • Martin Bakole vs Sergey Kuzmin (heavyweight)
  • Souleymane Cissokho vs Kieron Conway (light-middleweight)
  • Florian Marku vs TBA (welterweight)
  • Qais Ashfaq vs Ashley Lane (FREE on Facebook) (super-bantamweight)
  • Ramla Ali vs Vanesa Caballero (featherweight)

What the fighters have said

“It’s going to be intimate; it’s going to be closed circuit,” Joshua said.

“You won’t have to worry about your missus having a pint of beer chucked on her head or 15 guys by the side of you getting into a fight.

“It’s not bad. The pressure is off, you can get in your rhythm. And I think I need that sometimes. I am under a lot of pressure. I am physically good but mentally you have to stay strong.

“This year has been good to unload a lot of pressure and you have to take fighting in front of 1,000 fans as a positive."

Pulev has said:“I have been watching his fights carefully. He has a good style, and he is a good specimen, but he has not shown any mental toughness.

"Yes, he has skills, but he hasn’t shown the mental strength.

"This is something from within, in the blood of a man, and he does not have it.”

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