“Anthony Joshua Fight Impossible in June”- Kubrat Pulev Makes A Statement

Published 03/20/2020, 5:21 AM EDT


Anthony Joshua’ s mandatory world heavyweight title defence has been postponed, according to Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev.

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The 38-year-old former European amateur super-heavyweight champion believes that it is “impossible for the fight to take place” on the given date.

The bout between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev was scheduled to take place on June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

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Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev Press conference for their World Heavyweight title fight at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday October 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
11th September 2017
Picture By Mark Robinson.

But amidst a raging coronavirus, the possibility of the fight taking place looks even further.

There’s no official announcement as yet but if Pulev is to believe then this could be the latest casualty in the growing suspended sporting event.

The Bulgarian although seemed positive about the bout taking place sometime later this year.

“It is impossible for the fight to take place on June 20, although I’m ready,” Pulev said.

“The match will take place a few months later, perhaps towards the end of the year.”

Earlier, the Football Association announced that it has extended the suspension of all leagues to a couple of months.

And as things stand now, there are still seven top-flight games remaining, as well as the last three rounds of the FA cup.

Tottenham’s stadium is now faced with a hectic summer schedule after the association decided to extend the suspension.

 

Joshua insists the fight will take place in the UK itself, leaving Wembley and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff as alternate venues.

Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, earlier said about the bout could be possibly rearranged.

“We do have a potential date in July but, right now, we are hoping June 20 can remain the date.”

“Obviously the Premier League decision will play a big part in a number of sports; there are plans to put new dates in place and that fight as well.”

There’s no doubt the rescheduling of Joshua-Pulev fight will affect the potential Fury-Joshua matchup.

As things stand, it is highly likely that Fury’s trilogy bout with Wilder could also be postponed for a later date.

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And on top, the Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, trying to force his way through the top pie could also change the whole dynamics.

Both Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury had admitted that they will fight for the unification if everything goes on as planned.

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The war of words has already started between these two and if everything plays out in their favour, it could be the best showdown in boxing history.

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