Anthony Joshua Tested Positive for COVID-19 in March- Confirms Eddie Hearn

Published 12/08/2020, 4:10 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 06: Anthony Joshua speaks with Eddie Hearn during the press conference for Andy Ruiz Jr. v Anthony Joshua 2 ‘Clash on the Dunes’ at the Hilton Syon Park on September 06, 2019 in London, England. Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will have a Heavyweight World Title rematch fight on December 7th 2019 in the historical town of Diriyah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn has provided an important COVID-19 update for the Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev fight. The two will meet in the ring on December 12 in a highly anticipated fight.

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However, with the current situation of COVID-19, no fight is finalized until the first bell sounds. The fighters have to first test negative for the virus and enter the bio-secure bubble. Consequently, promoter Eddie Hearn has now given an update on both fighters and it is good news.

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CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 11: Anthony Joshua (l) and Kubrat Pulev pictured during a media opportunity ahead of their World Heavyweight title clash at Principality Stadium on September 11, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Michael Benson from talkSPORT was the first to report it. He took to Twitter to offer an update.

This news explains why Joshua and Pulev did not fight earlier. Had he gotten it earlier, it would have surely interrupted his training camp.

Furthermore, it is very surprising that it did not make the news. However, this is welcome news for fans since they can now expect the main-event to go ahead on Saturday night.

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What can we expect from Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev now that the virus is out of the way?

Now that the virus is almost certainly out of the question, the focus can shift to fight night. So what can we expect from the two fighters come Saturday?

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Both fighters have very similar styles, so it makes for an interesting contest. Joshua goes into the fight as the firm favorite; however, it will be a tough test against such a seasoned opponent. Pulev knows this may well be his last shot at a world title.

So when you consider all of this, it is easy to see why fans will tune in to watch this heavyweight clash. Plus, now that COVID-19 is seemingly out of question, all signs point towards a successful event.

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Who do you think will come out on top on the 12th?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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