It’s the worst-kept secret in London, but now it’s official: unified heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua will be staging his next fight at the home of Tottenham Hotspur. The Guardian and various other news organizations are reporting that Joshua’s title defense against Bulgarian fighter Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.
It’s been known for months — in fact ever since Joshua’s last fight against Andy Ruiz in early December — that the Watford native wanted to hold his next big fight in London, and specifically has been looking at Spurs’ ground as a location. The announcement was made on Joshua’s Facebook page.
I’m not a boxing guy — I don’t watch it, I don’t follow it. But I’m also of the opinion that the more major events that get held at Tottenham’s home stadium the better it is financially for Spurs. That’s all the more important during a season in which Spurs are looking less and less likely to qualify for the Champions League and its millions of pounds that come to clubs who participate.
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is billed as a multi-function venue — not just for association football, but also NFL, concerts, and now boxing. It’d be pretty cool to be one of 62,000+ fans in attendance to watch Joshua defend his title, not gonna lie. Just bring binoculars if you’re at the top of the South Stand.