AJ-Pulev Eyed For April
With two mandatory challengers, Anthony Joshua has a tough decision over who is next for his unified world heavyweight championships.
It seems that decision has been made for him, as the IBF’s mandatory Kubrat Pulev is next man up according to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
“I believe his next fight will be in April, and my gut feeling is it will be against Kubrat Pulev,” Hearn told Boxing Scene as both Pulev and Oleksandr Usyk have a claim at a shot at Joshua’s world championship.
“Joshua doesn’t want to vacate the belts. He loves them. We need to have a conversation of common sense between the governing bodies. We’ve written to to the IBF and WBO. Who goes first? You can’t just hold Anthony to ransom and say you have to vacate one. There is a rotational system that chronologically tells you who goes first. It’s the IBF. But I also represent Usyk, so I have to push for him as well. It’s a bit of a messy situation, but Joshua will defend his titles against whoever he has to. But he really wants the undisputed fight, so we’ll so what happens on Feb. 22 between [Wilder and Fury].”
Pulev was set to fight Joshua back in October of 2017 but was pulled due to an injury leading up to fight night that forced Carlos Takam to step in.
Since that time Pulev won three straight fights but fell into controversy earlier this year when he kissed a reporter without her consent during a postfight interview in Carson, California.
Report: Boxing Scene