IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua revealed on Wednesday he has "lost close ones" due to coronavirus.

Joshua's title defence against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev was scheduled for June 20th, but now it is more likely to take place on July 25th. There is a possibility of the contest taking place at an even late date.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the British Boxing Board of Control has canceled all events for March, April and May.

"Wherever you are in the world I'm just checking in personally for everyone to just say, I hope you were well I will keep it safe," Joshua, 30, said on his YouTube channel.

"I've lost no one immediate to me. But I've lost close ones from my boxing gym, close friends and friends of friends. And it gets serious when it starts coming closer to home."

Joshua, who likes to train on a regular basis, admitted he is missing his daily routine while he stays in lockdown.

"I would love to be out there right now doing the most on my dirt bikes, meeting up with my boys, sparring, going down to the boxing gym. Even a rebel like me is trying to follow some guidelines to do the right thing," he said

Joshua was last in the ring back in December, when he reclaimed his belts with a dominant twelve round unanimous decision win over Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia.