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Anthony Joshua, Kubrat Pulev Have Until January 31 To Reach Deal

IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, according to a rep from the International Boxing Federation (IBF), have until January 31 to reach an agreement or their contest will head to a purse bid.

Beside the IBF, Joshua was also ordered by the WBO to face their mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk. Pulev appears to be the frontrunner for the contest.

“I have just been told that the Pulev and Joshua camps have asked until January 31 to negotiate,” and IBF rep informed Sky Sports.


Pulev is promoted by Bob Arum of Top Rank, who have an exclusive deal with ESPN. Joshua, through his promotional deal with Eddie Hearn, fights on DAZN.

Hearn is attempting to get official clarification from the sanctioning bodies, regarding which mandatory challenger should come first.

If Joshua goes in the direction of Pulev, then Hearn will try to match Usyk against someone like Derek Chisora or Joseph Parker.

“Conversations are ongoing with all parties to plan what’s next and it will really come to a head over the next few weeks,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“We are still awaiting clarification from the governing bodies to confirm who is chronologically next but right now everything is in play. In terms of Usyk versus Chisora that is still a potential outcome, but March 7 is unlikely. Instead we have March 28 on hold at the O2.”

Pulev was due to challenge Joshua in October 2017, but withdrew with injury. He regained his mandatory crack by defeating Hughie Fury in a final eliminator.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by REDEEMER on 01-11-2020

[QUOTE=Detroit29;20317017]I understand that Parker was a former WBO champ, but he was ranked 5th. How did jump 3 spots? That's ridiculous. Even if Fury was unavailable, nobody can justify jumping 3 spots without some shenanigans going on. If Parker had…

Comment by Detroit29 on 01-11-2020

[QUOTE=REDEEMER;20315812]The WBO already issued its reason to Fury, if a fighter is not available he won’t stay ranked in a high order,it’s why most get taking off rankings altogether if they get a title shot in another . It’s also…

Comment by REDEEMER on 01-10-2020

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;20315482]I wouldn't worry. A deal will be reached. AJ is drooling at the chance to fight this mando. He's going to make a great payday for beating up a Bulgarian slug. I wonder if [MENTION=13008260]REDEEMER[/MENTION] went to the…

Comment by REDEEMER on 01-10-2020

[QUOTE=Detroit29;20315506]My good man. You have a point of "if Fury is not available". But my comment was more in a general sense of the alphabet soup does what they want when they want. Parker hadn't fought anybody of note to…

Comment by Oshio on 01-10-2020

Don King's politics is replete in modern day boxing. Attention is now paid more to the politics than the actual fights. I don't think there should be a trilogy in the Fury-Wilder fight. Let the winner of the fight fight…

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