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Anthony Joshua’s Next Fight May Not Hold Behind Closed Doors Despite COVID-19 – Promoter

Anthony Joshua (left) is a British-Nigerian skilled boxer who’s a two-time unified heavyweight champion.


Anthony Joshua’s promoter says the world champion’s subsequent title defence will not be staged behind closed doorways regardless of the coronavirus disaster.

Eddie Hearn is contemplating shifting Joshua’s subsequent struggle in opposition to Kubrat Pulev, which was initially scheduled for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.

The London bout has been postponed indefinitely as a result of pandemic and Hearn could be prepared to maneuver it to the Center East if an viewers is allowed there.

Joshua beat Andy Ruiz to take the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia in December.

Hearn has already prompt he may stage the conflict between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin in an empty venue, however the monetary implications of doing the identical with Joshua make it unworkable.

“We’re not going to go to AJ and say, mate, there’s £10 million less in the pot – we’ve got to get creative,” Hearn instructed Boxing Social on Wednesday.

“These nations are going to be up and operating loads faster than our nation or America.

“Would Saudi (Arabia) or Dubai or Abu Dhabi be able to stage an occasion in September or October? I feel 100 per cent.

“Should you can’t get a reside gate for the larger fights we now have to look elsewhere and that entails different territories.

“Do I really need AJ to field behind closed doorways? No. With what he has produced by way of that reside viewers, I shall be doing the whole lot I can do make sure that AJ doesn’t struggle behind closed doorways.”

The British Boxing Board of Management has issued a collection of guidelines for the game’s potential home return in July, together with all exhibits happening with out followers, and trainers and officers carrying face-masks.

Hearn mentioned he broadly accepted the rules, which they insist are usually not essentially binding, however known as it “a very conservative starting-point”.



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