We can cross another one off the list — for the time being at least.
In news which will come as little surprise given the current global events, Eddie Hearn has said that it is likely that the upcoming defence of Anthony Joshua’s WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight title belts against Kubrat Pulev on June 20 will be postponed until at least the following month.
Bulgartian fighter Pulev (28-1) is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF belt.
“We do have a potential date in July but, right now, we are hoping June 20 can remain the date,” Hearn said to Sky Sports.
The fight is scheduled to take place in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and Hearn intimated that he has been in discussions with Tottenham Hotspur to ensure that both sides are appraised of the current situation.
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The ever-developing coronavirus crisis has ran roughshod through the global sporting calendar, with practically every sports event set to take place in the new few months either cancelled or postponed. Hearn hopes, though, that the passage of time will make things more clear.
“We know we have the same strategy moving forward,” added Hearn. “Obviously the Premier League decision will play a big part in a number of sports. Plans to put new dates in place and that fight as well.”
Hearn also noted that all Matchroom Boxing events set for March and April have been postponed in accordance with British Boxing Board of Control rules.