Anthony Joshua needs to face Tyson Fury in a world heavyweight unification battle if he has to settle for only one bout this yr as a result of coronavirus.
Joshua is scheduled for a title defence towards Kubrat Pulev on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, however the pandemic signifies that date is prone to be postponed.
If the delay goes on past the summer time leaving Joshua with room for just one contest in 2020, promoter Eddie Hearn stated the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champion hopes his opponent may be WBC belt holder Fury for an all-British showdown.
The 30-year-old’s final battle was a title-winning victory towards Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia in December.
“We’ve got June 20 as a pencilled date for Anthony Joshua,” Hearn informed Sky Sports activities Information on Friday.
“We are going to make an announcement, probably this week or early subsequent week, that’s prone to be delayed, I believe that’s fairly simple and apparent; hopefully til the tip of July.
“If it begins kicking on past that, you get to a state of affairs the place if Joshua is just going to field as soon as this yr he’d prefer it to be towards Tyson Fury.”
Fury is predicted to finish his trilogy with Deontay Wilder later in 2020, having dethroned the American in February, however Hearn is hopeful some negotiations may very well be doable.
“The situation is a little bit out of our hands,” he stated. “If Bob Arum and Al Haymon (Fury and Wilder’s promoters) can speak and make Deontay Wilder wait a little bit bit we’d love to enter that battle subsequent.
“We’re contractually sure to face Pulev who’s with Bob Arum and there’s a deal to be completed. Loads depends upon Deontay Wilder.”