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Joshua-Pulev Done Deal For June 20 At Tottenham, Says Hearn

FRISCO, Texas – The purse bid that the IBF called for the Anthony Joshua-Kubrat Pulev heavyweight title fight won’t be necessary.

Promoter Eddie Hearn informed on Thursday that he has reached an agreement with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., Pulev’s co-promoter, to finalize a deal for the Joshua-Pulev fight. Hearn confirmed that Joshua-Pulev will take place June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a new soccer venue in London.

Bulgaria’s Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) is the IBF’s number one contender for Joshua’s title. England’s Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) also owns the IBO, WBA and WBO crowns. Earlier this week, the IBF ordered a Joshua-Pulev purse bid for Tuesday, but Hearn said all that’s left to complete the deal is paperwork.


Joshua also has a mandatory defense of his WBO belt due, but that fight won’t take place until late this year at the earliest. Former undisputed cruiserweight champ Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) is the WBO’s number one contender, but the unbeaten Ukrainian southpaw will have to beat British contender Dereck Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs) in a fight Hearn confirmed has been rescheduled for May 23 to remain in that position.

The 38-year-old Pulev was supposed to challenge a then-unbeaten Joshua for his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles in October 2017 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. He suffered a shoulder injury during training camp, though, and pulled out of that fight less than two weeks in advance.

Cameroon’s Carlos Takam replaced Pulev and lost by 10th-round technical knockout.

Joshua, 30, regained his titles December 7, when he out-boxed Andy Ruiz Jr. in their 12-round rematch in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) dropped Joshua four times and upset him by seventh-round TKO on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Pulev has won eight straight fights since suffering his lone loss – a fifth-round knockout defeat to former champion Wladimir Klitschko in November 2014 in Hamburg, Germany.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Oshio on 02-28-2020

Pulev should be taken out of there in 6 rounds as we look forward to having a unification

Comment by _Rexy_ on 02-28-2020

[QUOTE=deathofaclown;20429359]Yeah i couldn’t remember if it was the Takam fight or Parker, but thought it was the Parker one. It was really bizarre :rofl: i’d never seen a fighter call their own time out and the ref just going along…

Comment by deathofaclown on 02-28-2020

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;20429350]He 100% called his own timeout! He used his teeth to loosen the tape on his gloves, then he made a "time out" signal to the ref and walked to his corner like he was in third grade about to…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 02-28-2020

[QUOTE=deathofaclown;20428535]I think the ref had the bigger instruction in that fight to not let Parker within touching distance of AJ. The one time Parker got close and too quick for the ref to stop him, AJ turned his back and…

Comment by Zelda on 02-28-2020

One thing I have learned over time - If Eddie Hearn is desperately talking about a fight, he knows it ain't happening next but can create hype for free.

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