Eddie Hearn has stated that Anthony Joshua remains to be set to face Kubrat Pulev of their rearranged world heavyweight title match this December.
The Brit was set to face his IBF obligatory challenger in June earlier than a proposed date with Tyson Fury to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion.
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Nevertheless, the COVID-19 outbreak noticed the struggle on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium scrapped and postponed indefinitely.
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 at this time, however we’ve bought to attend until December.”
Promoter Hearn has now confirmed that Joshua v Pulev remains to be set to go forward in December regardless of the newest authorities pointers coming into drive.
The struggle is predicted to be held at The O2 with out followers however there’s additionally curiosity from all over the world in staging Joshua’s title defence.
Hearn stated: “Clearly at this time’s announcement [Tuesday, September 22] is an enormous problem for everybody in sport.
“Our intention now could be 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 might have two choices – cancel or go forward, fairly probably with out a crowd. You’d nonetheless hope that by December you might need some again however you possibly can’t plan on that now.
“We’ll go forward in December for Joshua as a result of it’s been a 12 months 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 by way of his conflict with Pulev.
It’s understood that the 2 camps have been in talks over an undisputed title bout since early Could.
Hearn stated: “It’s truthful to say [Joshua and Fury] are in settlement concerning the monetary phrases.
“We’re in an excellent place. It’s truthful to say that, in precept, each guys have agreed to that struggle. Two fights.”
In the meantime, Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, stated: “The one means it couldn’t occur is that if one of many guys will get beat.
“Each one desires 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 preventing for the world title, each champions. That is simply mega. I feel it’ll be the largest sporting occasion on this nation since England received the World Cup in ’66.
“[Fury’s] actually completely happy… it’s one thing he desires, one thing he’s wished for an extended, very long time.
“I feel it’s an ideal 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
Top: 6ft 6 – 6ft 4
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Attain: 82in – 79in
Document: 23-1-0 – 28-1-0
KOs: 21 – 14
Rounds: 103 – 203
Debut: 10/05/2013 – 19/9/2009
Nickname: AJ – The Cobra