Pulev sees no problem in fighting
Joshua without spectators
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[March 24, 2020]
SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgarian
Kubrat Pulev, the IBF's mandatory challenger, said he saw no problem
in fighting Briton Anthony Joshua for the world heavyweight title in
a match without spectators.
The 38-year-old former European amateur super-heavyweight champion
Pulev, known as "The Cobra", said he was ready to face Joshua
whenever the organizers decide.
Last week, he told Bulgarian media the fight, scheduled to take
place on June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur's stadium in London, would be
postponed by several months due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Promoter Eddie Hearn, however, reacted quickly, saying the fight had
still not been officially called off.
"I'm ready for June 20, July 25, whenever they say," Pulev, one of
Bulgaria's most popular sportsmen, told bTV channel. "You see what
the situation is, the whole world must adjust to it.
"There's no problem (if the fight is) to be without spectators.
Everyone would be at home, they can pay per view, so I don't see any
"The show could be lost a bit without fans but it can still happen.
After all, it's a world championship, which must take place."
The 30-year-old Joshua reclaimed the WBA, WBO and IBF belts with a
unanimous points win over Andy Ruiz Jr in December.
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Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev Press Conference - Cardiff, Britain
- September 11, 2017 Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev pose during a
press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/File
Joshua was initially due to fight Pulev at Cardiff's Principality
Stadium in October 2017 but the Bulgarian withdrew after suffering a
shoulder injury in sparring.
Pulev had challenged for the IBF world heavyweight title in 2014 but
lost to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg when he was knocked out in the
(Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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