Eddie Hearn, the head of Matchroom Boxing and promoter of Anthony Joshua, expects the heavyweight champion to defend his titles against mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev sometime in late 202. The bout was originally scheduled for June, but the fight was postponed due to the coronavirus. Eddie Hearn’s desire is for the Joshua fight to have a crowd and if all goes according to plan, the fight could occur within a crowded venue before the end of the year.
“I really believe that we will start seeing crowds coming back by late-August, certainly September-October and it will be fantastic to do AJ vs Pulev with a crowd. I feel like the Pulev fight will happen in November.” Eddie Hearn told the Sun
There have also been reports and rumours of a Joshua injury, which could be a concern for the Pulev fight but Hearn was quick to squash any fears that the scheduled bout wont take place this year.
“AJ has a very minor knee niggle that was wrapped up but is coming off shortly so it won’t cause problems with the date and I expect that fight to happen around November,” Hearn went on to add, “When you’re on crutches, with your leg in a brace, it is never great but it’s not something that will affect his 2020 career or his career at all’’