Bulgarian heavyweight and IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev could well face off against Anthony Joshua before the end of the year, according to his promoter Bob Arum, Boxing Scene report.

The 37-year-old defeated Romania’s Bogdan Dinu in California on Saturday night, stretching his professional record to 28 wins from 29 fights.

The Bulgarian, who defeated Tyson Fury’s cousin Hughie last year, was supposed to face off against Joshua back in October 2017, however, the veteran suffered a shoulder injury and had to pull out of the bout.

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And talking before Pulev’s win on Saturday night, promoter Arum revealed that a bout with Joshua would be the target before the end of the year.

He’s the IBF mandatory to Joshua.

Joshua’s fighting June 1. We probably would look to give Pulev another fight before challenging Joshua, but we’ll see.

But we’re definitely gonna look to do the Joshua fight within the year.

Arum then went on to add that the Bulgarian and his camp will act like ‘gentlemen’ throughout negotiations.

We’re going to be cooperative. It’s good for the sport.

We’re not going to bust Eddie with purse bids and so forth. We’re gonna work a deal out, like gentlemen.

If a deal is struck between the two camps, fight fans will have to wait even longer for a highly anticipated clash between Joshua and either Fury or Deontay Wilder.