Any fears regarding the status of Anthony Joshua and his knee can be subsided, for now. The WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion appears in good spirits heading into a potential November bout against Kubrat Pulev.
Joshua (23-1) was recently seen at a “Black Lives Matter” rally in Watford, England wearing a brace. He suffered a knee injury while running, and it was rumored he only needed about four-six weeks to recover. Speaking with Sky Sports, Joshua made it a point to state he feels pretty good.
“The knee is as good as it can be,” Joshua stated. “I am in full training. I didn’t stop training even when I had the knee. I’m sure many of my social media followers saw me on the heavy bag sitting down. I’m standing up now.”
A bout between Joshua and IBF mandatory Pulev was supposed to take place inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June but was postponed due to the coronavirus. The fight is being planned for November and Royal Albert Hall, Olympia, and the O2 Arena were recommended as locations. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has been adamant about hosting a Joshua fight with fans and expects them back by August.
Joshua, known for his intense sparring sessions, will look to get back into the thick of things, even if a location hasn’t been given.
“I’m on two feet and I’m sure we can start sparring, so I’ll be looking for some sparring partners in about a week or two to start training camp,” Joshua went on to say.
If Joshua were to beat Pulev, there is a chance he will be led to Tyson Fury. The two agreed in principle to fight one another in 2021. As of now, the IBF isn’t rushing into a bout between Joshua and Pulev. This is a result of Joshua’s injury and COVID-19.
“Given the current circumstances, we are being flexible. It is difficult to put a firm date on mandatory obligations at the moment,” the IBF stated. “Everyone is working hard to get things going with boxing again and hopefully, everything will be on track soon.”