The pair first set out to fight back in 2017, but Pulev pulled due to a shoulder problem. The fight was now scheduled for June 20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
Anthony Joshua’s bout against Kubrat Pulev for the Heavyweight world title billed for June 20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been postponed.
The Heavyweight bout for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO title was postponed indefinitely, with no specific date given for when it has been shifted to due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Talks between Anthony Joshua’s camp and Kubrat Pulev’s camp will now have to take place to fix an appropriate date for the bout. It has to be when the COVID-19 crisis is over, though, no one knows when it will be over.
Anthony Joshua had already had one bout against Kubrat Pulev cancelled back in 2017, when the latter suffered a shoulder injury that ruled him out of the fight. He was replaced by Carlos Takam, Joshua beat Takam in that bout.
This year’s bout could, however, not take place too, depending on how long the COVID-19 crisis lasts. As per Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, Tyson Fury will be AJ’s preferred opponent if he is only restricted to one bout before the year runs out so as to be able to set up an all UK heavyweight unification bout between himself and the Gypsy King.
Joshua reclaimed his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles when he beat Andy Ruiz in a rematch in December of last year after losing to the same opponent earlier in June.
Fury also claimed the WBC belt after defeating Deontay Wilder in the second match of their trilogy bout in Las Vegas last month.
That puts the bout between Joshua and Pulev very much in doubt once again.