Anthony Joshua has teased followers he might return to the ring earlier than Christmas to face Kubrat Pulev of their rearranged world heavyweight title match.
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.
Nevertheless, the outbreak of COVID-19 noticed the struggle at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium scrapped and postponed indefinitely.
But Joshua has given the clearest indication to this point that followers are in for a Christmas cracker while commentating throughout Dillian Whyte’s struggle towards Alexander Povetkin.
He instructed Sky Sports activities: “There’s a possible date in December.
“I’d struggle right now, however we’ve obtained to attend until December.”
Whyte’s world title dream was left in tatters as Alexander Povetkin inflicted a second profession defeat on him with a sensational fifth-round knock-out.
Whyte had dominated the opening 4 rounds and twice despatched the 40-year-old Russian to the canvas.
However Povetkin turned the struggle on its head with a ferocious left uppercut that ended the struggle right away.
Whyte, the WBC’s primary contender for over two years, knew he couldn’t afford any errors behind closed doorways at Matchroom HQ in Essex.
The prize of assembly the winner of the trilogy struggle between present champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was on the road.
Fury’s beautiful win over Wilder led to requires an all-British mega-fight between him and Joshua.
A two-fight blockbuster conflict between the 2 has now been agreed however first, Fury should overcome Wilder after a 3rd struggle between the pair was booked.
Joshua, in the meantime, will look to heat up for his showdown with Fury by taking over the IBF’s obligatory challenger, Pulev, in his subsequent bout.
Regardless of Whyte’s devastating defeat to Povetkin at Matchroom Struggle Camp in Essex, former foe Joshua has backed the Brixton man to bounce again into title rivalry.
“Dillian spent months and months in Portugal coaching and one thing like that may occur,” he added.
“However I really feel just like the coaching doesn’t add as much as this struggle with Povektin, he’s obtained one other what number of years within the sport.
“That is only a blip within the profession. Individuals are going to speak all kinds of stuff about Dillian.
“Dillian is a fighter, I stick to him as fighter and say, ‘mud your self off, get again up, and go once more.”
The placement for the conflict between Joshua and Pulev stays a thriller, regardless of the success of internet hosting fights at Matchroom HQ
Hearn mentioned: “By November, can we go to 16,000 folks on the O2? Proper now, we’re handcuffed by the laws.
“Different concepts we’ve got are 1,000 folks someplace unusual and quirky. I’ve obtained a couple of issues up my sleeve. We’re speaking about castles, plush inns, perhaps even on a ship.
“Croatia have provided a coliseum — and that’s stunning —and we’re nonetheless open to choices and versatile.
“These are all issues considering outdoors of the field — it simply relies upon what’s allowed.”
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 mentioned: “It’s honest to say [Joshua and Fury] are in settlement concerning 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 manner 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 preventing 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 pleased… it’s one thing he needs, one thing he’s wished for a protracted, very long time.
“I feel it’s a terrific 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