0626 GMT January 20, 2021
Joshua, who has not fought since outpointing Andy Ruiz Jr. to regain his titles in December 2019, was scheduled to take on the Bulgarian on June 20, but the bout was postponed until this month due to the coronavirus pandemic, PA Media reported.
With the British government relaxing lockdown restrictions this week and with London placed in tier two of the new system, 1,000 fans will be able to attend the fight at Wembley following approval for a crowd from local authorities.
“Promoter logistics” have resulted in the clash being moved from the O2 Arena, but Matchroom Sport managing director Eddie Hearn is delighted to welcome spectators back.
He said, “I can’t tell you how happy I am to see fans returning to our live boxing events. Whilst the team have done an incredible job over the last 10 months, we live and breathe through the energy and atmosphere that a live crowd generates.”
John Drury, general manager of the arena, which is part of ASM Global’s portfolio of venues, said, “The SSE Arena, Wembley is delighted to have our customers back for its reopening event, and it does not get any better than the return of fans to see Anthony Joshua in action.
“As a response to the coronavirus pandemic, ASM Global has partnered with medical professionals, industry leaders and public health officials to create a welcoming, secure environment while providing the most advanced hygienic safeguards for anyone visiting the building.”
In addition to Joshua defending his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts, Lawrence Okolie will take on Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO cruiserweight world title, while Hughie Fury and Martin Bakole are also part of the card.
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, priced between £100 and £1,000.