Is Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev In Jeopardy?

Is there potential trouble looming when it comes to Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev?

Matchroom Boxing’s head honcho Eddie Hearn has made it clear that he plans on booking Joshua vs. Pulev for December 12. He’s said that the goal is to have the O2 Arena in London, England play host to the event with fans in attendance. It would be Joshua’s first bout since December 7, 2019.

There may be a bump in the road that could turn ugly outside of the boxing ring. Pulev’s co-promoter Ivaylo Gotzev told Press Box PR that he’s heard rumblings of Joshua wanting to skip this bout and go right after WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury. If that happens, Gotzev says Joshua would be open to a lawsuit.

“That’s something that they have always contemplated their end. But that door will be closed with a lawsuit if they break our deal and our contract. There are some very good attorneys in England and some very fair courts, so it will come down to whether they want to decide whether they want that or not. I do believe AJ and his promoter will do the right thing and do as they say and finalize the deal.”

Joshua holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles. Fight fans have been clamoring for a title unification showdown with Fury. AJ will want to take care of business if he goes through with the Pulev fight first. As for Fury, he’s due for a trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder.

Pulev has been waiting for another crack at major championship gold for years. He hasn’t received a world title fight since November 15, 2014. He was stopped by Wladimir Klitschko via knockout in the fifth round. It is the only defeat in the pro boxing career of Pulev. He has gone on an eight-fight winning streak since the loss to Klitschko.

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