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Pulev's Manager: Three Weeks Left To Sort Out Joshua Fight Venue

According to Ivaylo Gotsev, manager of Kubrat Pulev, the bout with Anthony Joshua will need to finalize a new location within three weeks.

Joshua was scheduled to defend his IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world titles against Pulev on June 20th at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

The date was pushed back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua, had been targeting a date in late July. That likely won't happen at this point.

Gotsev recently mentioned the possibility of taking the fight to a location in Croatia.

Time is running out, says Gotsev, with only a few weeks remaining to select a new location.

"We've given ourselves four weeks to explore any and all opportunities that are there for the fight," Gotsev told Sky Sports.

"Eddie has spoken to you about the Middle East, which is a great possibility. It makes sense, because those countries were not as hard affected and if you take the right precautions, we could really have a safe environment. That's something I want to emphasise, and I can't say it enough times - safety first. We don't want to take a risk against anyone's health, no way no how.

"Whatever makes most sense, wherever we can have the best conditions under the current terms we're living in, that's where we're going to go in. There you have it, we have about three more weeks left on the exploring and then we'll see where the best options lie."

If the UK is capable of hosting the fight, Gotsev says there is no problem with taking the fight back to Joshua's backyard.

"We were willing and we actually agreed to come to the UK, so that's never been a question of neutral ground," said Gotsev.


"It was Joshua's demand, 'I want to go back home.' Okay Joshua, you're the champ, we respect that, we're coming to the UK. Kubrat is coming there to kick your ass, in front of your crowd. No problem. They are fighters, it's one against the other. At the end of the day, the public can jump, scream and shout, but it's man e mano in the ring, we've worked out that. To us, it didn't matter that the fight is taking place in the UK."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Bunch Pag on 05-11-2020

Joshua and his camp will take as long as he needs to sort a venue... Pulev will also wait as long as AJ wants him too as AJ dishes the orders.. Doesn't get any more simple than that Gotsev and…

Comment by Marchegiano on 05-11-2020

Given the mando are ass and the shutdown and all, should just rent a GD hanger and knock them out over a weekend, but, ****ing Pulev, that's a GD threat to the champ so we need full ass training camps…

Comment by Oshio on 05-11-2020

Arum and co are doing everything to bring the Joshua-Pulev fight to the memory of fans

Comment by pollywog on 05-11-2020

Haere mai ki Aotearoa...Come to New Zealand. Launch your fast Eddie Dazin' down under streaming service with a Heavyweight championship fight and get hometown hero and multi talented all round nice guy Joseph OILSKIN Parker on your undercard. We got…

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