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Joshua’s title defence against Pulev no longer June, new date in the works

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The boxing challenge between British heavyweight Anthony Joshua and Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev is the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.

Joshua was billed to defend his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world titles against Pulev on June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but the fight has been postponed.

A statement from Joshua’s promoter Matchroom Boxing said a new date for the fight “was being worked on”.

Matchroom added it was “continuing to explore the possibility” of hosting the bout at the same venue at a later date.

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30-year-old Joshua has not fought since December, when he gained a unanimous points victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia to regain his belts after losing to the American-Mexican in New York last June.

38-year-old Pulev is the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s IBF belt.

He was scheduled to fight Joshua in October 2017 at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium but had to withdraw less than two weeks before the bout because of a shoulder injury.

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