British promoter Eddie Hearn gave a hint that there could be up to 1000 fans in attendance at the upcoming heavyweight championship clash between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev.
Yesterday the British government announced they were pressing ahead with plans to allow spectators back at indoor and outdoor events from December 2, when the second national lockdown ends.
Joshua and Pulev are scheduled to meet on December 12 in London at the O2 Arena. They were supposed to fight in the summer, but the bout got postponed due to the coronavirus lockdowns and travel restrictions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that outdoor and indoor sporting venues in tier 1 and 2 areas would be allowed to admit spectators on a limited basis.
Asked if there’s a possibility of fans attending the fight, Hearn said:
Detailed meetings taking place and we will make an announcement in due course 👍 https://t.co/xFeicTwewa
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) November 23, 2020
Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, later confirmed that up to 4,000 spectators or 50 per cent capacity limits – whichever is lowest – will be put be place in tier 1, dropping to 2,000 or 50 per cent for indoor venues.
In tier 2, the limit will be 2,000 outdoors and 1,000 indoors, or 50 per cent capacity. No fans will be allowed in stadiums in tier 3 areas.
That being said, 1000 fans could be witnessing live the showdown between the British champion and the Bulgarian challenger.