Joshua – Pulev could be taking place outside UK

Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn admitted there’s a chance that the upcoming fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev could take place outside of the United Kingdom.

The bout was set for December 12 at the “O2 Arena” in London, but the second coronavirus lockdown in Great Britain could change the plans. Hearn was hoping to welcome a small crowd, but now the British promoter has said they might be looking for another destination.

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‘We will try to have fans at the AJ fight but we could also take it somewhere internationally,’ he said after Oleksandr Usyk’s victory over Derek Chisora on Saturday night.

‘The lockdown news is heartbreaking for the country… I think all our cards are safe, we speak to the DCMS a couple of times a week to push crowds and see what we can do.’

The lack of fans has forced everyone to take a pay cut, with Joshua missing out on £8million of gate revenue when he faces Bulgaria’s Pulev.

‘The problem is nobody has any confidence to agree to anything in December, let alone January or February,’ Hearn added.

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