Joshua title defence won’t take place before October

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Anthony Joshua. Photo: TWITTER/ANTHONYFJOSHUA

Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defence against Kubrat Pulev will be pushed back until at least October because of the coronavirus crisis, his promoter said on Thursday.

Britain’s Joshua was originally scheduled to fight the Bulgarian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, with a second date in July also mooted after the pandemic took hold.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said the bout would not happen for several months but he hopes it can be fitted in before the end of the year.

“With everything going on and the fact we have no idea yet about when we will be allowed crowds, and what size crowds, it won’t be the summer,” Hearn told the Daily Mail on Thursday.

“I think it will be in the window between October and December. Sooner would be better than later because we don’t want it to be a year between fights.”

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Source: Guardian Newspaper