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Joshua could prioritise Fury fight in 2020: promoter

Joshua could prioritise Fury fight in 2020: promoter”

The British owner of the belts WBO, WBA and IBF Joshua will step into the ring against Bulgarian Challenger on June 20.

Joshua is scheduled to fight Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20 but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic means that date is likely to be moved back.

But the proliferation of COVID-19 has led to a decision to postpone the bout.

That being said, Matchroom Boxing, which AJ fights under, says it's working in association with Top Rank, which reps Pulev, to iron out a new date.

Matchroom added it was "continuing to explore the possibility" of hosting the bout at the same venue at a later date.

Anthony Joshua wants to face Tyson Fury in a world heavyweight unification fight if he has to settle for just one bout this year due to the coronavirus.

All fights overseen by the British Boxing Board of Control until the end of May have been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hearn's Matchroom Boxing had a contingency plan in place in the event of Joshua's clash with Pulev not being able to go ahead as planned, reserving use of Tottenham's stadium on July 25.

Fury is expected to complete his trilogy with Deontay Wilder later in 2020, having dethroned the American in February, but Hearn is hopeful some negotiations could be possible.

The 30-year-old Olympic gold medal victor reclaimed the heavyweight title after beating Andy Ruiz Jr.in a rematch in Saudi Arabia in December 2019.

"We are contractually bound to face Pulev who is with Bob Arum and there is a deal to be done".

"I think a lot of it depends on Deontay Wilder", Hearn told Sky Sports about the former WBC titleholder.

After three successful defences against Carlos Takam, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin, he suffered a shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden.



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