Kownacki, Charr, Pulev Out Of The Running For AJ Fight
While Adam Kownacki was at the top of the list of options to face Anthony Joshua on June 1st, the Brooklyn based boxer’s manager has pulled his fighter from consideration.
Kownacki’s manager, Keith Connolly revealed in an interview with Boxing Scene that the undefeated heavyweight is in no-way an option to replace Jarrell Miller on June 1st at Madison Square Garden.
“The rumors of Adam Kownacki fighting Anthony Joshua on June 1st are not true,” Connolly told BoxingScene.com. “Al Haymon and I have made a deal for a fight sometime this summer for Adam to fight on PBC, in New York, where he has a huge fan base. Details of the fight will be released over the next couple weeks.”
“Anthony Joshua is a great fighter and a great guy,” Connolly said of the unified world heavyweight champion. “It is a fight that somewhere in the future would be a huge fight for the New York fans. The fight is definitely something that can be made down the road, since I have close relationships with Al Haymon and Eddie Hearn. The fight will definitely happen. It just won’t happen June 1st.”
Two other options may be cut from consideration for Joshua’s Madison Square Garden debut, due two administrative reasons.
Kubrat Pulev, the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s IBF world title suffered an eye injury in his March 23rd win over Bogdan Dinu, which may prohibit the New York State Athletic Commission from giving him a license.
Further more, Pulev had his license suspended by the California State Athletic Commission, due to a controversy surrounding Pulev kissing reporter Jennifer Ravalo in a post-fight interview.
Manuel Charr, the current WBA “regular” world heavyweight champion is also no longer being considered because he has not been recently tested by VADA, the same organization that caught Miller testing positiv on March 20th. VADA testing is a requirement to step in on June 1st against Joshua.
Boxing Scene also reported that Ortiz is very interested in fighting Joshua, but due to his ties to Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions it may not happen.
Ortiz has been teased as the next opponent for Deontay Wilder if he retains the WBC title on May 18th against Dominic Breazeale, for a rematch of their classic 2018 fight at Barclays Center.
PBC founder Al Haymon may compensate Ortiz with a big purse for a fight with Wilder or a “stay-busy” fight to keep Ortiz from fighting under the Matchroom banner.
A fight with Wilder in the Fall or late summer could be complicated by Dillian Whyte pushing to be the WBC mandatory challenger, or a potential Joshua-Wilder unification fight.
Quotes Via: Boxing Scene