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Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury hopes interrupted after Bob Arum reveals ‘AJ’ will fight Kubrat Pulev in 2020

Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury hopes runaway after Bob Arum reveals ‘AJ’ will fight ‘outside the UK’ against Kubrat Pulev in 2020, while Bulgarian heavyweight refuses to step aside for British confrontation

  • Anthony Joshua would fight against Kubrat Pulev on June 20 at Tottenham Stadium
  • That fight was postponed after the outbreak of the coronavirus in the UK
  • Reports say Pulev could step aside and allow Joshua to fight Tyson Fury
  • Pulev’s promoter Bob Arum says the Bulgarian will fight Joshua later this year
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Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are unlikely to meet in the ring this year after promoter Bob Arum revealed that ‘AJ’ will be fighting Kubrat Pulev in 2020.

Pulev is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF belt, which means AJ has to fight him afterward, but reports had suggested he could step aside to allow the Briton to fight Fury.

But after missing the chance to fight Joshua in 2017 after withdrawing from the fight with an injury, he doesn’t want to give up his chance this time.

Bob Arum says Kubrat Pulev will not step aside and allow Anthony Joshua to fight Tyson Fury

Pulev is the mandatory challenger for Joshua's IBF belt and would fight him in June 2020

Pulev is the mandatory challenger for Joshua's IBF belt and would fight him in June 2020

Pulev is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF belt and would fight him in June 2020

That fight was postponed in March, but the two fighters will meet in 2020 or early 2021

That fight was postponed in March, but the two fighters will meet in 2020 or early 2021

That fight was postponed in March, but the two fighters will meet in 2020 or early 2021

Bob Arum, who promotes Fury in the US and also represents Pulev, told Bad Left Hook: [There will be] No step aside for Pulev.

“I spoke to Eddie Hearn [Saturday] morning about Joshua vs Pulev.

It seems that it cannot be the UK because there can be no spectators. It seems that there are a few other options.

“It probably won’t take place until later this year. And certainly not the UK. This also looks like the fourth quarter for Fury versus Wilder. ‘

Arum revealed that Fury Deontay Wilder will only fight in the 'fourth quarter' of 2020

Arum revealed that Fury Deontay Wilder will only fight in the 'fourth quarter' of 2020

Arum revealed that Fury Deontay Wilder will only fight in the ‘fourth quarter’ of 2020

Fury was ready to fight trilogy with Wilder in July after defeating the American on February 22

Fury was ready to fight trilogy with Wilder in July after defeating the American on February 22

Fury was ready to fight trilogy with Wilder in July after defeating the American on February 22

Joshua’s fight with Pulev was originally scheduled for June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but the corona virus pandemic saw the game postponed.

In recent days, reports have suggested talks are underway to set up the fight overseas, with Croatia as a potential venue for the match.

Pulev’s manager, Ivaylo Gotsev, told reporters, “For our part, we’re talking about Croatia. There is a unique Roman stadium, the Pula Arena, and we are talking.

‘We like this variant because it is located in Europe, in the middle of the continent. The arena itself makes an unprecedented event possible in our time.

Pulev's team has pitched the Pula Arena in Croatia as a potential venue for Joshua fighting

Pulev's team has pitched the Pula Arena in Croatia as a potential venue for Joshua fighting

Pulev’s team has pitched the Pula Arena in Croatia as a potential venue for Joshua fighting

The Pula Arena is already used for ice hockey games and is located in a Croatian port city

The Pula Arena is already used for ice hockey games and is located in a Croatian port city

The Pula Arena is already used for ice hockey games and is located in a Croatian port city

“There has to be mutual consent. We want the conditions and rules to be beneficial for both parties. ‘

The Middle East is another possible option after Joshua recaptured three world titles earlier this year with a points win over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia.

“Hearn is talking about the Middle East and we left it to him to communicate in that direction,” Gotsev added.

“It can’t be Bulgaria because Joshua disagrees. He wanted to be home, but force majeure led to a change.

“Kubrat was ready to fight in Joshua’s backyard and even if his family were judges!”

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