The planet heavyweight title struggle involving Anthony Joshua and the IBF’s obligatory challenger Kubrat Pulev initially scheduled for June twenty has been postponed, opening the door for a blockbuster bout involving the Briton and Tyson Fury.
Joshua’s defence of his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles was established to get position at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London but the coronavirus outbreak has brought world wide activity to a standstill, with no competitors taking position in the United Kingdom.
“A new date for the celebration… is presently staying worked on,” promoters Matchroom Boxing explained in a assertion “We will announce any updates in due system and carry on to discover the probability of internet hosting this struggle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.”
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Before in the 7 days, promoter Eddie Hearn claimed that, must there be place for only just one contest in 2020, the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champion hopes his opponent can be WBC belt holder Fury for an all-British showdown.
The thirty-12 months-old’s last struggle was a title-profitable victory versus Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia in December.
“If it starts off kicking on over and above (July), you get to a predicament exactly where if Joshua is only going to box as soon as this 12 months he’d like it to be versus Tyson Fury.”
Fury is predicted to total his trilogy with Deontay Wilder later in 2020, possessing dethroned the American in February, but Hearn is hopeful some negotiations could be attainable.
“The predicament is a small bit out of our fingers,” he explained. “If Bob Arum and Al Haymon (Fury and Wilder’s promoters) can speak and make Deontay Wilder wait around a small bit we would appreciate to go into that struggle subsequent.
“We are contractually bound to face Pulev who is with Bob Arum and there is a deal to be carried out. A whole lot is dependent on Deontay Wilder.”
Pulev explained last thirty day period the struggle with Joshua would get position “towards the close of the year” due to the outbreak and that he would have no problem fighting devoid of spectators in attendance.
It marks the 2nd time their bout has not absent forward as planned. Joshua was to begin with due to struggle Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in October 2017 but the Bulgarian withdrew after struggling a shoulder personal injury in sparring. Pulev experienced formerly challenged for the IBF planet heavyweight title in 2014 but lost to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg when he was knocked out in the fifth spherical.