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Joshua vs Pulev undercard: Lawrence Okolie in action, Martin Bakole vs Serguy Kuzmin and Hughie Fury vs Mariusz Wach

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ANTHONY JOSHUA returns to the ring to face Kubrat Pulev in a huge heavyweight bout on December 12.

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

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.

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Lawrence Okolie was set to face Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title but Glowacki has tested positive for coronavirus so that fight is off.

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Okolie will still be on the card against a late replacement.

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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