Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, says his star fighter will aim to looking sensational next month.

Joshua has been away from the ring since December 2019, when he reclaimed his titles with a twelve round unanimous decision over Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia.

But on December 12, Joshua will make his return to the ring with a mandatory defense against the IBF's top man, Kubrat Pulev.

In his last ring appearance, Joshua boxed his way to victory and some felt the performance was flat when compared to his past victories.

Joshua wants to return, in form, to his streak of brutal knockouts.

Pulev has not tasted defeat since a sole knockout loss at the hands of then unified world champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2014.

Hearn is expecting a showcase performance.

"I went to see him yesterday, he looked absolutely sensational," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"He's moving so well. We know he's brought in a couple of new trainers with Rob McCracken leading the way. He's learning, he's punching so hard, so sharp, so fast. I think this is going to be a tough fight against Kubrat Pulev. I also think he is going to absolutely destroy him.

"I think he's going to break him down, he's going to dissect him, and he's going to punish him. I think you're going to see a statement. I don't want to put too much pressure on him, but I really do. That's what I think. AJ will always be a relaxed, humble guy, but I really believe having seen the improvement that he's made, the spite in his punches, I think you're going to get a thrilling display from Anthony Joshua.

"All he's got to do is beat Kubrat Pulev and I really believe he's going to do it in brilliant style and prove to everyone he's the best heavyweight in the world."