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Anthony Joshua title defense vs. Kubrat Pulev postponed

Anthony Joshua is hoping to face the winner of Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder, but he has some business to take care of first. His title defense vs. Kubrat Pulev has been put on hold.

Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev pictured with promoter Eddie Hearn during a media opportunity ahead of their World Heavyweight title clash at Principality Stadium on September 11, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua was slated to defend his IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO world titles against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in June, but the fight has been postponed.

The fight had been scheduled for June 20th at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Joshua’s promoter Matchroom Boxing released a statement in which they said a new date was being worked on. It could still happen at the stadium, but the timing is changing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Joshua is eventually hoping to fight the winner of the next Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder fight. Fury and Wilder fought to a split decision draw in December 2018 and then Fury won the February 2020 rematch with a seventh round TKO. Wilder quickly exercised his rematch clause, but the rematch will likely be delayed until the pandemic is sorted out.

Joshua is a heavy favorite against Pulev, with money line odds ranging from -1000 to -1400. Prior to the postponement, Pulev was getting odds between +550 and +700.