Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev set to welcome fans as London tier is confirmed

Around 1,000 fans could attend Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title fight with Kubrat Pulev.

Joshua faces mandatory challenger Pulev on December 12 and promoters Matchroom are working on having a socially-distanced crowd of 1,000 after London was told it will be in tier 2 when the national lockdown ends.

The clash is due to be staged at The O2, although the SSE Arena Wembley is on standby and Matchroom have successfully staged behind-closed-doors fights there recently.

Matchroom are speaking to the government to seek clarification on indoor crowds and Joshua’s fight would be the first show since February to have paying fans.

The easing of restrictions in the capital and the impact of the new vaccines mean Joshua’s first super-fight with Tyson Fury for the undisputed title could happen at Wembley in late spring or early summer.

That fight was always dependent on being able to sell out Wembley and yesterday’s news clears an important hurdle in making that much-anticipated showdown happen.

The first fight to have spectators, though, could be Frank Warren’s 40th anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall on December 5.

Anthony Yarde will challenge Commonwealth light-heavyweight champ Lyndon Arthur in the main event and Warren plans to give tickets away to key workers and the Chelsea pensioners.

“The plan is to give tickets away to key workers to thank them for what they have done for the nation and the Chelsea Pensioners because they missed out on their Remembrance event this year,” said Warren.

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