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KUBRAT PULEV WOULD WELCOME JOSHUA CLASH AT THE PRINCIPALITY STADIUM

The retirement of Wladimir Klitschko has meant that Kubrat Pulev (25-0, 13 KOs) is next in line for a shot at WBA/IBF champion Anthony Joshua, an opportunity he hopes will be staged in Wales at the nations Principality Stadium.

The Welsh rugby team already have the proposed date of November 14th scheduled for their Autumn series meaning if the venue was to be picked, Eddie Hearn will have to select another date.

Sauerland (Pulev’s Promoter), expects to agree a deal within the ‘next couple of weeks’, told Sky Sports: “What a great venue that would be for the UK fans.

“I have been there for football matches and it’s got a great boxing past with Calzaghe-Kessler there, but if it is the venue – what a sensational venue that would be.

“Vegas is the fight capital of the world and at the moment if you look at the hype around Anthony, I think Eddie and Barry [Hearn] will be looking to take him over to America at some stage.

“I think you could do that with any fight, whether it’s a Ukrainian or a Bulgarian, I don’t think there was a US-angle as such to that fight before, so it’s definitely still an option.

“I love the UK, I love the atmosphere. I like Vegas, I like to go there and enjoy fights and I’ve promoted some good fights over the years there, but at the end of the day, I think the UK has got a very special atmosphere going at the moment.”

Pulev is thought to be in a confident mood of dethroning the champion, Sauerland said: “He thinks that Joshua is exactly the right style for him and if you’re going to fight Anthony Joshua, now is the time to do it, not in two years.

“In two years, he’s going to be a very complete boxer, so that is something that Kubrat is looking to interrupt and take those belts.

“Klitschko had that huge opportunity to put him away and ultimately should have put him away, where Kubrat will be clinical.

“The weakness that you look with Anthony at the moment is he obviously takes punches. He’s open for a punch, which makes him for me one of the most exciting heavyweights of many, many years to watch as a neutral fan. It’s also Kubrat’s big opportunity here.”

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