Anthony Joshua remains to be set to face Kubrat Pulev of their rearranged world heavyweight title match this December, Eddie Hearn has mentioned.
The Brit was set to face his IBF necessary challenger in June earlier than a proposed conflict with Tyson Fury to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion.
Nonetheless, the COVID-19 outbreak noticed the struggle on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium scrapped and postponed indefinitely.
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But Joshua not too long ago informed followers that they’re in for a Christmas cracker throughout his commentary for Dillian Whyte’s defeat to Alexander Povetkin in August.
He informed Sky Sports activities: “There’s a possible date in December. I’d struggle immediately, however we’ve received to attend until December.”
Promoter Hearn has confirmed that Joshua v Pulev remains to be set to go forward in December regardless of the newest authorities pointers coming into power.
The struggle is anticipated to be held at The O2 with out followers however there’s additionally curiosity from world wide in staging Joshua’s title defence.
Hearn mentioned: “Clearly immediately’s announcement [Tuesday, September 22] is a large problem for everybody in sport.
“Our intention now’s stick with it with all our scheduled occasions. Clearly the funds are affected by not having crowds, even smaller crowds, however we’re working to maintain our schedule. That features Joshua.
“You could have two choices – cancel or go forward, fairly probably and not using a crowd. You’d nonetheless hope that by December you may need some again however you may’t plan on that now.
“We’ll go forward in December for Joshua as a result of it’s been a yr since he fought Andy Ruiz and he must struggle.”
Joshua vs Pulev: What about Tyson Fury?
It has been confirmed that Joshua will face Fury in two all-British blockbuster bouts in 2021 offering he comes via his conflict with Pulev.
It’s understood that the 2 camps have been in talks over an undisputed title bout since early Might.
Hearn mentioned: “It’s honest to say [Joshua and Fury] are in settlement relating to the monetary phrases.
“We’re in a great place. It’s honest to say that, in precept, each guys have agreed to that struggle. Two fights.”
In the meantime, Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, mentioned: “The one means it couldn’t occur is that if one of many guys will get beat.
“Each one needs it to occur. For me this would be the greatest sporting occasion on this nation with these fighters – 4 belts on the road, two Brits combating for the world title, each champions. That is simply mega. I feel it’ll be the most important sporting occasion on this nation since England gained the World Cup in ’66.
“[Fury’s] actually comfortable… it’s one thing he needs, one thing he’s needed for an extended, very long time.
“I feel it’s an important struggle for each of them and for followers on this nation and around the world.
“It’s not going to get any extra aggressive than this.”
Joshua vs Pulev: Story of the tape
Joshua – Pulev
Nationality: British – Bulgarian
Age: 30 – 39
Peak: 6ft 6 – 6ft 4
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Attain: 82in – 79in
Report: 23-1-0 – 28-1-0
KOs: 21 – 14
Rounds: 103 – 203
Debut: 10/05/2013 – 19/9/2009
Nickname: AJ – The Cobra