Some of the greatest boxers in the world have made history at some of the best football stadiums in the country, and Anthony Joshua will be looking to be the next at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium against Kubrat Pulev. The Bulgarian has recently revealed that he has signed a deal to face Joshua in Spurs’ new home in June. So, following the news, we’ve taken a look back at some of the best British stadiums that have played host to some incredible bouts from years gone by…
Wembley has hosted some incredible events under the famous arch. Most notably, in 2017, hosting Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko.
The home of Manchester United welcomed Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank back in 1997. The fight was dubbed ‘Judgement Day’.
Upton Park was the place to be when David Haye went up against Derek Chisora. After previous fights, their arrival at Upton Park was highly anticipated.
The old home of Arsenal hosted its first and only boxing match in 1966, with the great Muhammad Ali taking on Henry Cooper.
White Hart Lane
Joe Bugner and Frank Bruno took centre stage in 1987 to take part in the fight that wasn’t supposed to happen. Bugner took his first steps into the boxing world and Bruno took the opportunity to silence his critics at Tottenham’s old stadium, White Hart Lane.
The home of the Scotland national side welcomed Mike Tyson and Lou Savarese in 2000. After a frantic start, referee John Coyle attempted to stop the fight after just 26 seconds.
In 2017, Sheffield United fan Kell Brook took on Errol Spence at Bramall Lane. Brook was stopped by Spence Jr, losing the IBF world welterweight title.
In 2017, Everton fanatic Tony Bellew defeated Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park to win the world title with a third-round knockout.
Also known as the Millenium Stadium, in 2018, two of boxing’s best heavyweights made their way to Wales. Anthony Joshua defeated Joseph Parker to maintain his then-unbeaten record.
Boyhood Leeds fan Josh Warrington got his wish and took on Lee Selby in 2018 in front of a packed Elland Road. Warrington made it a night to remember by causing an upset in front of his fellow Whites supporters.