Joshua could prioritize Fury's fight in 2020: Promoter

LONDON: Anthony Joshua want to face Tyson Fury in a heavyweight world unification fight if he has to settle for just one fight this year because of the coronavirus .

Joshua is slated for a title defense against Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, but the pandemic means that date is likely to be postponed.

If the delay continues beyond the summer, leaving Joshua with room for only one contest in 2020, the promoter Eddie Hearn He said that the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champion hopes his opponent could be the holder of the WBC belt, Fury, for a British showdown.

The 30-year-old's last fight was a title-winning victory against Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia in December.

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wewillmakeastatement,possiblythisweekorearlynext,thatwillprobablybedelayed,ithinkitisquitestraightforwardandobvious; I hope it will be until the end of July.

If it starts kicking on beyond that, you get to a situation where if Joshua is only going to box once this year he'd like it to be against Tyson Fury.

Fury is expected to complete his trilogy with Deontay Wilder later in 2020, having dethroned the American in February, but Hearn hopes that some negotiations are possible.

The situation is a little out of our reach, he said. Yes Bob Arum And Al Haymon (promoters of Fury and Wilder) can talk and make Deontay Wilder wait a bit, we'd love to get into that fight next.

We are contractually bound to face Pulev who is with Bob Arum and there is a deal to be done. A lot depends on Deontay Wilder.