The earth heavyweight title combat amongst Anthony Joshua and the IBF’s necessary challenger Kubrat Pulev originally scheduled for June 20 has been postponed, opening the doorway for a blockbuster bout amongst the Briton and Tyson Fury.
Joshua’s defence of his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles was set to acquire position at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London but the coronavirus outbreak has introduced international sport to a standstill, with no competitiveness getting position in the United Kingdom.
“A new date for the celebration… is now becoming labored on,” promoters Matchroom Boxing mentioned in a statement “We will announce any updates in because of system and go on to explore the chance of internet hosting this combat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.”
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Earlier in the week, promoter Eddie Hearn claimed that, ought to there be area for only one contest in 2020, the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO winner hopes his opponent can be WBC belt holder Fury for an all-British showdown.
The thirty-year-old’s previous combat was a title-successful victory towards Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia in December.
“If it starts kicking on beyond (July), you get to a scenario where if Joshua is only heading to box when this year he’d like it to be towards Tyson Fury.”
Fury is expected to entire his trilogy with Deontay Wilder afterwards in 2020, acquiring dethroned the American in February, but Hearn is hopeful some negotiations could be possible.
“The scenario is a tiny bit out of our fingers,” he mentioned. “If Bob Arum and Al Haymon (Fury and Wilder’s promoters) can converse and make Deontay Wilder wait around a tiny bit we would love to go into that combat up coming.
“We are contractually certain to encounter Pulev who is with Bob Arum and there is a deal to be carried out. A whole lot depends on Deontay Wilder.”
Pulev mentioned previous thirty day period the combat with Joshua would acquire position “towards the close of the year” because of to the outbreak and that he would have no challenge combating devoid of spectators in attendance.
It marks the second time their bout has not absent ahead as prepared. Joshua was at first because of to combat Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in October 2017 but the Bulgarian withdrew just after suffering a shoulder damage in sparring. Pulev had beforehand challenged for the IBF earth heavyweight title in 2014 but lost to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg when he was knocked out in the fifth round.