Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title fight with Kubrat Pulev is off

Ross Houston
April 4, 2020

British heavyweight Anthony Joshua's defence of his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world titles against Bulgaria's Kubrat Pulev has been postponed.

"Hopefully we see that fight take place at the end of the summer", he added.

After originating in China last December, the virus known as COVID-19 has spread to at least 181 countries and regions, with its epicenter shifting to Europe.

Thus the british Anthony Joshua continued to spend the entire summer as a holder of WORLD titles in the heavyweight in the heavy confederation, the IBF, WBA and WBO.


That being said, Matchroom Boxing, which AJ fights under, says it's working in association with Top Rank, which reps Pulev, to iron out a new date.

"We will announce any updates in due course and continue to explore the possibility of hosting this fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium".

Joshua was due to face the Bulgarian at Cardiff's Principality Stadium in October of 2017, but Pulev suffered a shoulder injury in training and was replaced by Carlos Takam.

Eddie Hearn, the head of the promotional outfit later spoke with broadcast partner Sky Sports to discuss the decision to delay Joshua/Pulev and give fans an idea of when it will be rescheduled for, he said.


Fury is expected to complete his trilogy with Deontay Wilder later in 2020, having dethroned the American in February, but Hearn is hopeful some negotiations could be possible.

Joshua, 30, has not fought since December, when he gained a unanimous points victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia to regain his belts after losing to the American-Mexican in NY last June.

"The situation is a little bit out of our hands in that, if Bob Arum and Al Haymon can talk and make Deontay Wilder wait a little bit, we would absolutely love to go into that fight next". A lot depends on Deontay Wilder'.


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