Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Joshua-Pulev: Hearn Hopes For Fans in UK Venue By Year's End

In a recent interview, members of Kubrat Pulev's team had mentioned Croatia as a possible location for the mandatory fight with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

Initially scheduled for June 20 in London, the fight was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There was talking of July 25, but that's not going to happen - as Joshua-Pulev is a fight that's not likely to take place behind closed doors.

"We have about three more weeks left on the exploring and then we'll see where the best options lie," Pulev's manager Ivaylo Gotsev told Sky Sports.


Hearn is still hoping to stage the fight in the UK, before a crowd, before the end of the year.

The British Boxing Board of Control is targeting July for the return of boxing in the UK - but fans will not be allowed to attend the events - and there is no telling how long that protocol will stay in place.

If the 'closed doors' mandate remains in place beyond the summer, Hearn is very willing to take that fight abroad. 

"The focus remains the same - do the fight in the UK. We have also now conceded that AJ will only fight once this year. Before it was all about getting that fight in early-August to make sure we could fight in December. Because of the preparation needed and the magnitude of his shows, AJ will only box once in 2020," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"We hope between September and December live gates will return to the UK. There is also a chance they won't - if that's the case, we will take the fight elsewhere.

"We have had a number of approaches from the Middle East, China, and Croatia to stage the fight. We want to give ourselves every opportunity to stage it in the UK but we know it may not be possible. We want the mandatory defence boxed off, out of the way, before he moves into the undisputed fight next year."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Mammoth on 05-14-2020

They must stand to lose tons of money on AJ with no live gate.

Comment by Mammoth on 05-14-2020

[QUOTE=Get em up;20563976]Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't Joshua have 2 mandatory fights due right now. Everybody is talking about Pulev but no mention of the Usyk mandatory anymore.[/QUOTE] Yes, Joshua has two mandatories.

Comment by Tbone27 on 05-14-2020

Hearn should schedule the Pulev for July or August even if it has to be behind closed doors then have Joshua fight a real opponent like Usyk or Whyte in December

Comment by cdot23 on 05-14-2020

I thought AJs career was going to skyrocket after the Klitschko win. I dont like the way Eddie Hearn has managed his career. This guy is in his prime and has spent all of 2019 on Andy Ruiz, and now…

Comment by James Hunt on 05-14-2020

It's sad to see that the biggest earners in the sport are prepared to stall their careers bcs of the money. They earn too much, that's the problem.

Top Headlines
Arum On ESPN, Top Rank Return: If We F--k It Up, It’s Gonna Be Bad For Boxing Hearn is "Very, Very Confident" Fury-Joshua Will Happen in 2021 Tyson Fury Deserves Biggest Contract in Boxing, Says Warren Chisora: I'll Be All Over Usyk - I Won't Stop Chucking Leather Andres Campos Hits The United States To Join Moloney Brothers Jeff Horn is Staying in Shape as He Wait For New Date For Tszyu Showdown Terence Crawford: Pacquiao Wants The Fight; I Think It Can Get Made Mayweather: I Want To Help Black Fighters Grow, It's OK I'm Training Davis-Rival Haney Fredrickson: I'm 100% Prepared, I'm 100% Focused on Alex Saucedo Laila Ali Demanded $5 Million For Claressa Shields Fight News: Eduardo Ramirez, Jorge Cota, Carlos Molina, Talgat Shaiken Jack Catterall Warns Jose Ramirez: Our Fight Will Happen - I Won't Be Denied! Hrgovic Would Fight Joshua Tomorrow if Deal Came, Says Promoter Giovani Santillan Has Bright Future Under Top Rank, Says Manager A Long Day's Journey Into 'Nights' – Bingeing Through HBO's Legendary Documentaries Tyson Fury Tried To FaceTime Joshua, Hearn in Recent Days Holyfield Only Wants To Face Fighters His Age - Lewis, Tyson, Bowe Andy Ruiz Celebrates One Year Anniversary of His Shocker Over Joshua George Floyd's Family Accepts Mayweather's Offer To Pay For His Funeral Frampton: If We Both Win, Pretty Sure Herring Fight Will Happen ESPN Announcers Initially Will Call Fights From Studio & Homes, Not Ringside Abraham Nova vs. Toka Kahn Clary Planned By Top Rank For June 25 Card Stevenson-Caraballo, Magdaleno-Vicente - Full Cards Announced Kerman Lejarraga Ring Return is Targeted For August MTK Fight Night Events To Resume in July, To Be Carried on ESPN+ British Board Fears Some Smaller Promoters Will Go Out of Business Hearn: If Wilder is Not Ready, Whyte Should Get Immediate Fury Title Shot! Dana White: Not Interested in Whyte-Ngannou, Not Thinking About Boxing Xander Zayas Draws Inspiration Through Friendship With Amanda Serrano Fury: If I Don't Get Joshua Fight After Wilder, I'll Give Dillian Whyte A Beating Jorge Linares: Ryan Garcia Has Talent, But He’s Not Ready For A Big Fight Now Hearn Aims To Resume 'Matchroom USA' Events in August Mike Tyson's Path Of Heavyweight Destruction Stands The Test Of Time Liam Paro Targets Jack Catterall Showdown, World Title Fight Jessie Vargas Reflects Back, Praises The Speed of Manny Pacquiao Errol Spence: No Tuneup - I Want a Top Guy in My Return! Boxing Without Boxing: Vassiliy Jirov vs. James Toney - 04/26/2003 Whyte Would Do Ngannou Two-Fight Deal: I'll Beat Him in Boxing and MMA! Spence on Next Three Fights - Garcia, Pacquiao, Then Crawford Hall of Famer Curtis Cokes, First Dallas Champion, Dies at Age 82
Latest Forum Threads