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Anthony Joshua world title bout with Kubrat Pulev postponed

Anthony Joshua world title bout with Kubrat Pulev postponed
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Coronavirus pandemic means London bout will not take place in June.

Anthony Joshua’s bout against Kubrat Pulev on June 20 in London has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Joshua was due to take on the Bulgarian for the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

However, promoter Matchroom has announced that the fight will be rescheduled for a later date which has yet to be confirmed.

This is the second time Pulev has missed out on the opportunity to take on the Briton after a shoulder injury forced him out of a world title bout in October 2017.

A statement from Matchroom read: “Anthony Joshua’s defence of his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight world titles against mandatory challenge Kubrat Pulev secheduled to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday June 20 has been postponed.

“A new date for the event is currently being worked on.

Joshua and Pulev were also due to fight in October 2017
Joshua and Pulev were also due to fight in October 2017 (Nick Potts/PA)

“We will announce any updates in due course and continue to explore the possibility of hosting this fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.”

The 30-year-old fell to a shock seven-round defeat at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden in June last year to relinquish his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles.

However, he reclaimed the belts with an accomplished performance in Saudi Arabia as he defeated the Mexican by points to set up a potential clash with Tyson Fury.

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Anthony Joshua celebrates reclaiming his IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship belts from Andy Ruiz at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

The clamour for an all-British world title fight was ramped up even further when Fury claimed the WBC crown from Deontay Wilder in February but Joshua was ordered to take on mandatory challenger Pulev.

Promoter Eddie Hearn hinted that the rescheduled date will be in the summer, subject to availability of the stadium.

Hearn said in a video on Matchroom’s official Twitter account: “We are working on dates with Tottenham Hotspur for later in the summer and as soon as we get more news on the date, you will be first to hear.”

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