The British promoter still hopes to organize the fight for the IBF world title between Joshua and the Cobras at London’s O2 Arena in December. Unfortunately, the match will obviously have to be held without an audience. Thus, the Cobras will not be able to feel the support of their supporters in the extremely important match.
“We have already come to terms with the fact that Anthony will only fight once this year. So we wanted to give him a chance to play in front of a huge audience. “Unfortunately, obviously the match against Pulev will be in front of empty stands,” Hearn told ESPN.
As it is known, the fight between the Bulgarian boxer and his British rival was to take place on June 20 at the new Tottenham stadium. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the match for the world title was postponed indefinitely. For the time being, the first half of December is the only opportunity for the match.
“We very much hope to get permission to release an audience, but we are dependent on the decisions of the British government. Whether they will allow spectators inside at all, they will open 50% of the capacity or 100%. There is a lot of work to be done at the government level, and time is running out. It’s disappointing, but we are preparing for a match without an audience, “added the British promoter.
After the match against Kubrat Pulev of Anthony Joshua, the defense of the world title in the WBO version Alexander Usik will take place. Only then can we expect the long-awaited fight against Tyson Fury, which is defined as the biggest boxing match in British history.