Anthony Joshua set to fight Kubrat Pulev in December with O2 as possible venue, says Eddie Hearn
Anthony Joshua will fight Kubrat Pulev in December, according to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.
The pair were due to face each other at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June but the coronavirus pandemic forced it to be cancelled.
A new date for heavyweight world champion Joshua to fight his mandatory IBF challenger has yet to be announced but it is likely to be December with the O2 Arena as a possible location.
“We know AJ’s only going to fight once this year, so we want to give ourselves the best opportunity to bring in a crowd, and that would obviously be the later the better,” Hearn told ESPN. “But it’s still not a gimme at all. There’s still a very strong chance that AJ will have to fight behind closed doors.
“Bearing in mind he’s only going to fight once this year, I just feel as we might as well give ourselves every chance to have a crowd and that will be the first weekend of December.
“Their regulations comply with the government, so at the moment they’re closed.
”So they would need to open up. We’d need to get an understanding from the government what is allowed in arenas. Are you going to open at 50 percent [capacity]? Are you going to open up 100 percent? There’s a lot of work that has to go into that with the government and the O2 (Arena).”
Joshua, 30, has not fought since winning back his WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles when he beat Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch in December.
AJ is expected to get through the Pulev clash and then there is likely to be the much anticipated British heavyweight showdown against WBC champion Tyson Fury.