Anthony Joshua-Kurbat Pulev title fight postponed due to coronavirus pandemic! –
Boxing has been ravaged due to the coronavirus pandemic that has effected pretty much every other sport and business entity.
The latest casualty is the Anthony Joshua-Kurbat Pulev title fight that was scheduled for June 20 in London. The match-up has now been postponed until potentially the end of 2020. This is all according to the IBF mandatory challenger himself, Kurbat Pulev.
PULEV SPEAKS ON POSTPONEMENT
“It is impossible for the fight to take place on June 20, although I am ready. The match will take place a few months later, perhaps towards the end of the year.”
This is no shocker due to the significance of the COVID-19 epidemic, which originated late last year in China.
Joshua (23-1, 21KOs) hasn’t fought since regaining his titles in a one-sided unanimous decision win over Andy Ruiz (33-2, 22KOs) in December of 2019. As for Pulev (28-1, 14KOs) he hasn’t fought since November of 2019, where he won a unanimous decision against Rydell Booker (26-3, 13KOs).
With the next few months up in the air, when things return to normal, it’ll be interesting to see how much of an affect the layoffs will have on these fighters.
ESPN.com/UK was the first to report the news of this postponement.
As for as Joshua-Pulev, 3kingsboxing.com will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as a new date becomes known.
By: Jerrell Fletcher