Joshua and Pulev


Anthony Joshua defends his world titles against Kubrat Pulev on June 20Promoter Eddie Hearn insisted the fight will not take place behind closed doors.

Anthony Joshua’s world title fight against Kubrat Pulev will not be behind closed doors, Eddie Hearn has insisted despite the coronavirus outbreak causing major disruption to sporting events.

Joshua will defend his WBA, WBO, and IBF world titles against Bulgarian Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.

‘We’ve got quite a busy schedule coming up, so we hope that it can be contained and business as usual,’ Hearn told Sky Sports.

‘For me, boxing is unique in many ways, particularly in terms of the role that the fans play in making a fighter peak in a very important moment in their career.

‘I cannot see how we can stage a fight behind closed doors with no crowd. Can you imagine Anthony Joshua walking to fight Kubrat Pulev in front of you and me and Adam Smith? It’s just not going to happen.

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‘Could you imagine Derek Chisora fighting Oleksandr Usyk behind closed doors and laying him out with a punch from the gods and standing on the turnbuckle to see no-one? The crowd is so integral to the dramatic aspect of the sport of boxing and in terms of being a TV product.


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