Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev is now being planned for December 12 at the O2 Arena in London, Eddie Hearn has confirmed.
The unified WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion was due to defend against the IBF’s mandatory challenger back on June 20, but the bout was postponed due to the pandemic.
Joshua vs Pulev was put on hold
Now, Hearn has told BoxingScene they hope to reschedule it for December 12 with some fans able to attend at the O2 in London.
It is already known that October 31 is the target date for Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora.
While all these fights could move around, the current setup leaves space in between for the Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte rematch to possibly take place in November.
One notable thing about AJ’s new date is that it could come just one week before the planned Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder trilogy bout.
Fury outboxed Wilder in February and stopped him within seven rounds
As things stand, organisers are planning to get Fury vs Wilder 3 up and running for December 19.
Again though, this date is very much up in the air and will depend on whether a venue can be found permitting fans to attend the event.
Either that, or a significant site fee must be secured from an overseas location in order to make up for the money lost in gate revenue.
Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum explained to Ak and Barak on Sirius XM: “We don’t know now whether even in December we can do a fight for a limited audience.
AJ and Fury have agreed financial terms to meet twice in 2021, but only if they win their next fights
“And we can’t put that fight in the bubble and survive because the gate on the last fight in February at the MGM was $17million.
“Now that’s a big part of the revenue, and if you lose that revenue plus another $2million or $3million from closed circuit, then that’s $20million.
“How do you replace it? How do you pay the fighters?
“So if we can get going with limited audiences, we’ll go on December 19.
“If not, we’re talking to another location outside of the United States about doing that fight first week of February .”