Anthony Joshua has said he 'can't wait to get back in the ring' to face Kubrat Pulev on 28 October.
In a clip uploaded to his Instagram, Joshua has finally acknowledged the fight against the Bulgarian, describing himself as 'game' and 'ready', and adding that it's been a long time coming.
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The heavyweight champion will be defending his title against Pulev, who was named the mandatory challenger by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) after Waldimir Klitschscko announced his retirement, quashing any plans for a rematch.
Thirty-six-year-old Bulgarian Pulev has lost just one of his 26 professional fights - to Klitschko in 2014 - with an impressive 13 knockouts.
Joshua has won every single one of his 19 fights, all knockouts. The 27-year-old British fighter is now 'raring to go', according to promotor Eddie Hearn.
Pulev has an impressive record. Credit: PA
The pair will meet at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Joshua also took the chance to tell his fans to keep their eyes on his website for more updates.
Earlier this week, a video emerged of Joshua telling rapper 50 Cent he would 'fuck up' Deontay Wilder - the WBC heavyweight champ who has held the belt since 2015. Fight fans are keen to see the pair in the ring, but Joshua must face Pulev first.
World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman also seems keen for the fight to take place - he told Sky Sports: "We will do whatever is possible and necessary to make it happen.
"That's the fight everybody wants to see. Joshua is a tremendous attraction and a positive role model, and Wilder is the same.
"Two undefeated champions should meet in the ring as soon as possible. Both have commitments to finish, so next year is the time to meet."
Hearn added: "AJ is up for fighting anyone."
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Additional source: Sky Sports News
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