Joshua's Pulev fight not yet off
but Hearn speculates on Fury bout
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[March 20, 2020]
(Reuters) - Promoter Eddie Hearn
says Anthony Joshua's world heavyweight title defence againt IBF
mandatory challenger Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in June has not been
postponed yet due to coronavirus, despite the opponent suggesting it
would be moved.
Hearn, who manages Joshua, also floated the idea that a blockbuster
bout for the undisputed world heavyweight title with Tyson Fury
might take priority in the event of a long postponement.
"Right now, for us, we're fighting Kubrat Pulev, June 20, and it
could be July 25, but everything is uncertain at the moment, whilst
the country and the world tries to contain this pandemic," Matchroom
Boxing boss Hearn told Sky Sports.
The 38-year-old former European amateur super-heavyweight champion
Pulev had said the fight would probably take place at the end of the
year instead of June 20 at Tottenham Hotspurís stadium in London as
The 30-year-old Joshua reclaimed the WBA, WBO and IBF belts back
with a unanimous points win over Andy Ruiz Jr in December.
Fury annexed the WBC belt with a brilliant seventh round stoppage of
American Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas and Wilder has invoked his
contractual right to a re-match.
But Hearn suggested the delays caused by the coronavirus may lead to
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Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev pose with promoter Eddie Hearn
during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew
"Well I think, all of a sudden, does the Joshua-Fury fight start
taking priority, maybe over a Pulev fight, if the Pulev fight
extends beyond the summer. There's so much that could happen right
now," said Hearn.
"I mean anything is possible, but contractually Deontay Wilder is
going to want his fight next, whether that's in July or whether
there's a force majeure that takes that to October, November
wherever," he said.
(Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
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