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COVID-19 may delay Joshua, Fury unification bout

Published by The Nation on Fri, 27 Mar 2020


Anthony Joshuas promoter Eddie Hearn has once again claimed that a serious delay to the unified heavyweight champions scheduled title defence against Kubrat Pulev could pave the way for an end-of-year unification fight with Tyson Fury.The most-anticipated fight in the history of British boxing is within touching distance following Furys demolition of Deontay Wilder last month, which saw him claim the WBC heavyweight title.Shortly after The Gypsy King ended Wilders five-year reign atop of the WBC heavyweight rankings, a unification bout with Joshua became the talk of the boxing world.Should Joshua and Fury win their respective bouts against Pulev and Wilder, an end-of-year showdown will likely come to fruition. Joshua is tentatively scheduled to defend his unified titles against Pulev on June 20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, although the coronavirus outbreak could delay the plan.Read Alo:Coronavirus: Pulev ready to fight Joshua without spectatorsBut should Joshuas first outing since reclaiming the unified throne be delayed by several months, Hearn will turn his attention to securing a unification fight against the winner of Furys trilogy fight with Wilder.During an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live, Hearn said: Right now our plan is to fight Pulev in June or July, then fight Fury or whoever holds the WBC belt at the time.If the Pulev fight cant take place we may end up seeing that fight [against Fury] happen later this year.Hearns latest comments on a multi-million-pound showdown between Joshua and Fury echo those he made earlier this month during an interview with Sky Sports, in which he revealed the formers clash with Pulev could take place on July 25.
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