Anthony Joshua‘s next fight could take place outside of the UK, the unified heavyweight champion’s promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed. Joshua’s next outing is tentatively scheduled to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 25.
The Olympian is slated to defend his titles against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev, whom he was originally scheduled to meet on June 20.
Joshua’s clash with Pulev was postponed until July due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has wreaked havoc with the global sporting calendar.
Given the current climate, it’s highly unlikely the contest – which was first scheduled for October 2017 – will take place in front of a live audience.
Hearn is very much eager for Joshua’s next’s outing to take place in front of fans, so much so he’s willing to move it Saudi Arabia or Abu Dhabi.
The prospect of Joshua fighting behind closed doors doesn’t sit well with Hearn, who insists he’ll do his utmost to ensure fans can see take in the event in person.
“Do I really want AJ to box behind closed doors?” the Matchroom Boxing chief asked. “No.
“With what he has produced in terms of that live audience, I will be doing everything I can do make sure AJ doesn’t fight behind closed doors.”
Despite the financial implications, Joshua, 30, isn’t averse to the idea of fighting behind closed doors.
“Economically I’m taking a big hit like the rest of the world,” Joshua said in an interview with DAZN’s Chris Mannix.
“I would definitely fight for the love of my sport and economically I’ve got that hunger in me, even if I drop five dollars or pounds, I’m turning back to get it. I’m never too big to earn a buck.”
He added: “100 per cent I would fight for $8million [£6million] less [from no gate receipts].
“100 per cent I would take the opportunity to fight at the drop of a hat.”
This article was originally published on www.express.co.uk