Joshua's title defense won't take place before October: Promoter

LONDON: Anthony Joshua defense of the heavyweight title against Kubrat Pulev It will be delayed until at least October due to the coronavirus crisis, its promoter said Thursday.

British Joshua was originally slated to fight the Bulgarian at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, with a second date in July also debated after the pandemic seized.

Promoter Eddie Hearn He said the fight would not happen for several months, but he hopes it can fit in before the end of the year.

With all that is happening and the fact that we still have no idea when crowds will be allowed and what size it will not be summer, Hearn told the Daily Mail on Thursday.

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I think it will be in the window between October and December. Sooner would be better than later because we don't want it to be a year between fights.

Joshua has not fought since he hit Andy Ruiz Jr to win the AMB , IBF and OMB belts in Saudi Arabia in December.

The Pulev showdown may also take place in the Gulf state.

Hearn also hinted that he would like Joshua to face his British rival. Tyson Fury in two mega fights in 2021.

WBC champion Fury is reportedly interested in Deontay Wilder accept a payment to give up your right to a rematch, which would pave the way for Joshua's fighting.

The steps aside are messy and you never say, but it's highly unlikely. The plan would be two fights with Fury in 2021, but we have to see it, Hearn said.