Anthony Joshua Heavyweight Title Defense Put On Hold Amid COVID-19

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Anthony Joshua will have more time to train for his next fight. Provided he trains at home with his team.

Joshua's world title defense against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The recent pandemic has caused the postponing of most sports events around the world.

Joshua to defend heavyweight titles against Pulev

The British heavyweight champion was supposed to put his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts on the line against Bulgarian challenger Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on June 20.

"A new date for the event promoted by Matchroom Boxing and 258 Management in association with Top Rank and Epic Sports Entertainment is currently being worked on.

"We will announce any updates in due course and continue to explore the possibility of hosting this fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium."

Misfortune hit Pulev again as he was first scheduled to face Joshua for the title in 2017 but a shoulder injury forced him out.

Joshua prefers unification bout with Tyson Fury

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn said his champion's lone fight in 2020 might be against Tyson Fury in a world unification bout if his currently scheduled title defense won't be rescheduled.

A clash with fellow Englishman Fury in a unification bout will be the most highly-anticipated heavyweight boxing match in British boxing history.

"If it starts kicking on beyond that, you get to a situation where if Joshua is only going to box once this year he'd like it to be against Tyson Fury," Hearn said in a statement.

Fury still has a scheduled trilogy bout with American rival Deontay Wilder later in 2020. Hearn still hopes a third bout could be worked on.

"The situation is a little bit out of our hands," he said. "If Bob Arum and Al Haymon (Fury and Wilder's promoters) can talk and make Deontay Wilder wait a little bit we would love to go into that fight next," Hearn said.

Regardless, Pulev is contractually next in line so let's focus on that bout first.

Will Joshua vs Pulev happen in 2020? When will the unification bout between him and Fury happen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.