Anthony Joshua fights with Pulev rocks Wembley to allow fans in the arena | Boxing

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The venue for Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight clash with Kubrat Pulev has moved from London’s O2 Arena to Wembley SSE Arena, with 1,000 fans ready to attend, Matchroom Boxing has reported.

Joshua, who hasn’t fought since telling Andy Ruiz Jr he would regain his titles in December 2019, was due to face the Bulgarian on June 20, but the fight has been postponed until this month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With the government easing lockdown restrictions this week and with London placed at level two of the new system, 1,000 fans will be able to watch the fight at Wembley after a crowd approved by local authorities.

“Promoter logistics” have caused the clash to move to the O2 Arena, but Matchroom Sport general manager Eddie Hearn is delighted to welcome spectators once again.

He said: “I can’t tell you how happy I am to see the fans coming back to our live boxing events. While the team has done an incredible job over the past 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 the ASM Global venues portfolio, said: “The SSE Arena, Wembley is delighted to see our customers returning for its reopening event, and that doesn’t apply. better than returning fans to see Anthony Joshua in action.

“In response to the coronavirus pandemic, ASM Global has partnered with healthcare professionals, industry leaders and public health officials to create a welcoming and secure environment while providing hygiene guarantees the most advanced for anyone visiting the building.

In addition to Joshua defending his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts, Lawrence Okolie will face Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO cruiserweight world title, while Hughie Fury and Martin Bakole are also on the card.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. on AXS and StubHub, priced between £ 100 and £ 1,000.

Meanwhile, a thousand fans will be allowed to participate in each session of the World Darts Championship, but the famous fancy dress will be banned at the event later this month. Spectators will be divided into tables of four rather than the usual long tables of vocal fans seen in previous years. Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday.

A fan in disguise holds up a sign for Fallon Sherrock during his match against Chris Dobey on Day 12 of the William Hill World Championships at Alexandra Palace last year.
A fan in disguise holds up a sign for Fallon Sherrock during his match against Chris Dobey on Day 12 of the William Hill World Championships at Alexandra Palace last year. Photograph: Tess Derry / PA

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