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Johsua, Pulev bout now Nov. – Promoter

Eddie Hearn is confident that Anthony Joshua’s mandatory fight against Kubrat Pulev will take place in November in front of fans. The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion was scheduled to fight the Bulgarian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this month, but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Now, after a two-fight ‘financial agreement’ was agreed between AJ and Tyson Fury for next year, promoter Hearn revealed he hopes Joshua’s next fight against Pulev will take place at the end of the year – whilst also saying Joshua’s recent injury is nothing to be overly concerned about. ‘I really believe that we will start seeing crowds coming back by late-August, certainly September-October and it will be fantastic to do AJ vs Pulev with a crowd,’ Hearn said, as reported by The Sun.

‘I feel like the Pulev fight will happen in November. AJ has a very minor knee niggle that was wrapped up but is coming off shortly so it won’t cause problems with the date and I expect that fight to happen around November.’ Joshua was pictured on June 6 at a Black Lives Matter protest in Watford on crutches, with concerns emerging on his fitness for fights this year – but Hearn revealed the 30-year-old will not require surgery. Joshua was actually meant to fight Pulev at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff back in 2017 after beating Wladimir Klitschko, but Pulev had to withdraw due to injury and Carlos Takam took his place.

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