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Joshua vs Pulev faces cancellation

Anthony Joshua’s homecoming against Kubrat Pulev could be delayed until July, his promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed.

Joshua is currently scheduled to defend his unified heavyweight titles against the Bulgarian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.

The outbreak of the coronavirus and the subsequent banning of mass gatherings, however, has put the fight in major danger of being postponed.

The British Boxing Board of Control’s decision to cancel events under their jurisdiction for the remainder of the month has also cast doubt over the fight – which was meant to take place in October 2017 – coming to fruition.

And Hearn admits Joshua’s first outing since reclaiming the unified heavyweight throne, as well as Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte’s clashes with Oleksandr Usyk and Alexander Povetkin, are in serious danger of being postponed.

Boxing chief said: “We’ve Anthony Joshua due for June 20th, we’ve got Oleksandr Uysk and Chisora on May 23rd, we’ve got Dillian Whyte on May 2.

Hearn and his team have been monitoring the situation closely and have already drawn up plans to rearrange the trio’s bouts should they end up being postponed.

He said: “We have contingencies to move Dillian Whyte to the middle of June, to move Derek Chisora (versus Uysk back until the end of June, early July.

“And, of course, Anthony Joshua, who was due to go on June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.”

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