COVID-19 hits Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev card – Major Fight Scrapped

Published 12/03/2020, 8:38 AM EST
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)


Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev will be a massive card in boxing by virtue of AJ returning after his win over Andy Ruiz Jr. However, the undercard isn’t as strong as you would like it to be. In fact, it is shaping out to be weaker as the days pass with a massive fight being dropped from the card.

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The WBO Cruiserweight Title fight between Krzysztof Glowacki and Lawrence Okolie has been scrapped after Glowacki tested positive for COVID-19. The title was vacated by Mairis Briedis, who had beaten Glowacki for it. Eddie Hearn is looking for a top-10 replacement to step in on short notice and take the title fight,

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Okolie is 14-0 and one of the rising stars of the division. However, Glowacki is an established veteran who has been Cruiserweight champion twice before.

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Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev: Can the main event save this card?

The five-fight card will now be hit with the loss of Glowacki from the card. However, there are two other Heavyweight bouts on the card along with the title fight. Hughie Fury will be taking on Mariusz Wach, while Martin Bakole will take on Sergey Kuzmin. The other fight on the card is a light-middleweight bout between Kieran Conway and Souleymane Cissokho.

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One thing that we all know is that Anthony Joshua is a massive box-office star. However, this card hasn’t been as hyped up as most AJ cards are. While this isn’t a super fight against Tyson Fury, Pulev is a very legitimate challenger who could upset Joshua. It isn’t like we haven’t seen Joshua upset by an inferior opponent before.

Modern boxing has a very large casual fanbase that only tunes in for the main event anyway, so they won’t be disappointed. However, for the purists, this card may be looking a lot emptier. Hopefully, Okolie gets a great opponent which will give this card an extra push. Either way, people will tune in when Joshua is fighting.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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