Principality Stadium confirmed as host of Joshua-Pulev

Cardiff’s Principality Stadium has been confirmed as the destination for world heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua’s next fight.

Joshua will defend his world heavyweight titles at the Principality Stadium, formerly known as the Millennium Stadium, when taking on Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev on October 28.

It will mark Joshua’s first fight since he defeated Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in April for his 19th consecutive win as a professional boxer.

A possible rematch with Klitschko had been touted for later this year, with a number of venues, including the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, having been suggested as possible destinations for the fight. However, any talk of a rematch was quashed when Klitschko announced his retirement from the sport last month.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said: “I’m delighted that we will be in Cardiff at the magnificent Principality Stadium for the next step of the AJ journey.

“Nearly 80,000 will gather on October 28 to create another unforgettable night of boxing. Anthony will meet his mandatory challenger, number one ranked Kubrat Pulev and the card will be stacked with world championship action, domestic title fights and the very best young stars in the game. Get ready for the next episode from the biggest star in world boxing.”

Mark Williams, general manager at the Principality Stadium, added: “Our national stadium is a true heavyweight when it comes to bringing major events to Cardiff and today’s announcement strengthens our status as a year-round, multi-events arena, in the heart of a city-centre renowned for delivering a Welsh welcome to visitors from around the world.

“This year we’ve hosted 400,000 plus visitors across Uefa Champions League final, speedway and the RBS Six Nations; two sell-out Coldplay gigs and Robbie Williams and Justin Bieber concerts. The Joshua-Pulev fight is guaranteed to another spectacle which, thanks to our Terraplas pitch covering, brings another world-class event to town two weeks before Wales’ Under Armour Series.”

The 74,500-seat Principality Stadium has hosted boxing matches in the past, and staged two of Welshman Joe Calzaghe’s bouts back in 2007.

Image: Seth Whales