Anthony Joshua will get back in the ring on December 12 when he takes on Kubrat Pulev with all his world titles on the line.
It’s been almost exactly a year since Joshua last fought – in Saudi Arabia where he reclaimed his world titles from Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua in training for his fight with Pulev next monthMatchroom Boxing
The Brit has been hard at work in the gym ahead of his boxing comebackInstagram
AJ may have been out of the ring for a long time, but there is no doubt that the 31-year-old has retained his focus during his time off.
Despite constant talk about fighting Tyson Fury in 2021 – where two fights are tentatively agreed – Joshua knows he must focus on the task at hand against the dangerous Bulgarian.
If his training is anything to go by, Joshua certainly has been taking it seriously.
In the latest training picture released, the Watford-born star shows off the best physique of his career looking absolutely stacked and shredded at the same time.
Joshua shared the image on social media, with the caption “AJ work out plans coming soon.”
AJ is in absolutely frightening condition
The 31-year-old weighed in at 16 stone 13 pounds (237lbs) in his rematch with Ruiz Jr – the lightest he has ever been for a world title fight.
His weight has fluctuated throughout his career, and he has topped 18 stone in the past.
But Joshua looks much leaner these days and, judging by his most recent training pics, looks like being close to the 16-17 stone mark against Pulev.
The Brit has been ramping up his preparations as he prepares to fight for the first time in a yearInstagram
If Joshua can get past Pulev, it opens the door to the fight that everyone in boxing wants to see – AJ vs Fury for the undisputed heavyweight title.
Joshua is the proud owner of the WBO, WBA (Super), IBO and IBF world titles and Fury holds the WBC belt.
While both men have mandatory challengers to worry about – like Oleksandr Usyk for the WBO belt and, currently, Alexander Povetkin for the WBC – it is possible.
Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are set to fight twice in 2021
It may require some step aside money to include all the belts, or all the belts won’t be on the line but either way, Joshua and Fury have agreed to fight twice in 2021 and it’s the biggest fight that can be made at heavyweight.
It’s a big few weeks for heavyweight boxing with Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce colliding in a heavyweight showdown this Saturday and hours later, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr make their returns to the ring against one another.
Fury was set to fight the following weekend, but he will now return in 2021 and likely in America.
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