Eddie Hearn says the deal with IBF’s mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev is already very close. For a long time, it was also questionable whether Joshua would protect his title at the IBF or the WBO first, and the IBF became the winner and the Bulgarian Pulev. However, the deal may not be easy, as the deadline has been changed several times, first on January 11th, then on January 31st and there is still no official announcement of the match.
Hearn said he has received more bids from the US, Saudi Arabia, the Far East, Africa and even Turkey, but Joshua wants to fight back at home so the fight will be in the UK. According to the promoter, probably in the 62,000-seat Tottenham Hotspur stadium will be in June.
Hearn says he talked to Joshua, who insists the UK venue because she didn’t fight at home last year and wants to serve the local audience. That way, he’ll also have less revenue, but Joshua doesn’t care about earning less.
In addition to Joshua, Hearn is planning other heavyweight fights in England. He says the deal is close to Usyk – Chisora and Whyte – Povetkin and will be held in the UK. It is planned to have three different events, so they will really serve the English audience. He plans to Usyk – Chisora fight in April, Whyte – Povetkin fight in May and Joshua – Pulev in June. He promises that there will soon be an official announcement of all three heavyweight fights.