The British Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua’s long awaited homecoming to the UK is ready to be cancelled by fears over the Coronavirus disease.
Anthony Joshua will fight Kubrat Pulev at the new Tottenham Stadium in London after about two years fighting Andy Ruiz Jr in New York and Saudi Arabia, but the fight could be delayed or cancelled ultimately by concerns of the UK government over the fear of Covid-19 that has infected many in the United Kingdom.
Joshua’s fight is supposed to take place on June 20, and Joshua’s agent/promoter Eddie Hearn has come out to say he would rather cancel Anthony Joshua’s homecoming fight than deny supporters the chance to watch their boxing hero over Coronavirus.
“Can you imagine Anthony Joshua walking to fight Kubrat Pulev in front of you and me and [Sky Sports head of boxing] Adam Smith? It’s just not going to happen.
“Could you imagine Derek Chisora fighting Oleksandr Usyk behind closed doors and laying him out with a punch from the gods and standing on the turnbuckle to see no-one?
“The crowd are so integral to the dramatic aspect of the sport of boxing, and in terms of being a TV product. For me, it’s very difficult to do it behind closed doors.”
“This is a sport where it could really impact the livelihood of the athletes and talent.
“Everybody’s hands are tied by government decisions that of course are there to act in the best interests of the country and the British public.
“What will be, will be. Right now, ‘business as normal’ and we go ahead with an incredible schedule that we hope will go ahead in full.”