Matchroom has announced that 1,000 fans will be in attendance for unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s defence against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at The SSE Arena, Wembley, on December 12, following approval for a crowd from local authorities. 

Strict safety measures and guidelines will be in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am to see fans returning to our live boxing events,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport. “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.

“It’s so fitting that they can return for an AJ fight, when through the last few years he has broken all kinds of attendance records in the U.K. and beyond. This is such a positive move for boxing and all sport. Welcome back!”

Joshua-Pulev, which was originally planned for the O2 Arena, has been moved to The SSE Arena, Wembley, due to promoter logistics.