Eddie Hearn has revealed Anthony Joshua’s showdown with Kubrat Pulev could be delayed until July 15. Joshua is tentatively scheduled to defend his unified heavyweight titles against the Bulgarian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.
The coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent banning of mass gatherings has cast major doubt over the bout going ahead as scheduled.
Matchroom Boxing already have a contingency plan in place in case the fight ends up being postponed, reserving use of Spurs’ new home on July 25.
But with the UK government suggesting the current lockdown could last until June, it’s highly unlikely the fight will be able to take place in July.
Hearn is well aware of that fact and is drawing up further contingency plans for Joshua’s first outing since reclaiming the unified heavyweight throne.
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Eddie Hearn on Anthony Joshua’s clash with Kubrat Pulev
“We have looked at alternative dates for everything without knowing anything concrete,” he said during an appearance on talkSPORT.
“We have ongoing conversations with Tottenham to say that if the Premier League extends and does get played in June then we’ll be pushed back.
“We do have a date of July 25 held at Spurs as well, which is more realistic. It is five weeks after June 20.
“But we haven’t gone on sale with that, we haven’t made an official announcement in terms of seat details and on-sale dates, so we have got less pressure on that.
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“There is more pressure for Anthony to fight twice this year.
“I know there is a bigger picture going on but everybody in sport, everybody in business right now, needs to be working on a solution.
“The outcome, what happens when we get through this because it is going to be a horrifically messy time for all businesses, all sports, everything, when we do come out the other side.
“The world won’t be the same again and, in a lot of cases, we will have to start from scratch.”
Bulgaria’s Pulev has already suggested his meeting with ‘AJ’, whom he was originally meant to fight in October 2017, is set to be postponed.
“It is impossible for the fight to take place on 20 June, although I am ready,” Pulev said.
“The match will take place a few months later, perhaps towards the end of the year.”
Joshua, 30, hasn’t fought since regaining the unified heavyweight titles last December with a unanimous decision victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia.
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