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Heavyweight champion Joshua to face Pulev in first fight in year


Britain’s Joshua was originally scheduled to fight Pulev on June 20, with a second date in July also mooted amid the coronavirus pandemic.


This will be Joshua’s first home bout in more than two years, with his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO up for grabs.


Spectators are currently barred from major sporting events in Britain but Joshua remains hopeful he can yet have something of a home crowd to roar him on.


Pulev has been waiting for a chance to face Joshua for almost three years now after a shoulder injury forced him out of a world title bout in October 2017.


The fight should be Joshua’s last before taking on WBC champion Tyson Fury in a lucrative all-British unification bout next year.


Fury is set to defend his heavyweight belt before Christmas before what UK media report will be a springtime clash at Wembley, assuming coronavirus crowd restrictions have been lifted by then.






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