BREAKING: Joshua vs Pulev Fight Could Be Cancelled Due Of Coronavirus Outbreak
March. 11, 2020
British-Nigerian world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's title defence against Kubrat Pulev could be postponed due to coronavirus.
Joshua is to put his three heavyweight belts up for defense against his challenger at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.
However, with various sporting events across Europe being affected by the coronavirus outbreak, promoter Eddie Hearn admits he fears his fights might be cancelled.
And unlike with football, he cannot picture boxing fights occurring behind closed doors i.e without any audience.
"We've got quite a busy schedule coming up, so we hope that it can be contained and business as usual," Hearn told Sky Sports.
"For me, boxing is unique in many ways, particularly in terms of the role that the fans play in making a fighter peak in a very important moment in their career.
"I cannot see how we can stage a fight behind closed doors with no crowd. Can you imagine Anthony Joshua walking to fight Kubrat Pulev in front of you and me and Adam Smith? It's just not going to happen.
Anthony Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn
"Could you imagine Derek Chisora fighting Oleksandr Usyk behind closed doors and laying him out with a punch from the gods and standing on the turn buckle to see no-one? The crowd are so integral to the dramatic aspect of the sport of boxing, and in terms of being a TV product.
"For me, it's very difficult to do behind closed doors.
"This is a sport where it could really impact the livelihood of the athletes and talent. Everybody's hands are tied by government decisions that of course are there to act in the best interests of the country and the British public.
"What will be, will be. Right now, business as normal and we go ahead with an incredible schedule that we hope will go ahead in full."
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