World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua can have just one struggle this yr however he might tackle British compatriot Tyson Fury twice in 2021, his promoter Eddie Hearn stated on Thursday.
Joshua, the WBA, WBO and IBF champion, is because of struggle Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev subsequent whereas Fury, the WBC champion, has a rematch due with American Deontay Wilder.
The dates and venues have but to be set.
With neither Wilder nor Pulev standing apart, these fights should occur earlier than any unification bout between the British pair.
Hearn stated the long-awaited conflict between the 2 Englishmen would seemingly be a two-fight deal and he was able to signal now for 2021.
“We’ve additionally now conceded that AJ will solely struggle as soon as this yr,” stated Hearn.
“Earlier than it was all about getting that struggle (Pulev) in early August to ensure we might struggle in December. Due to the preparation wanted and the magnitude of his reveals, AJ will solely field as soon as in 2020.
“We’ve had a lot of approaches from the Center East, China, and Croatia to stage the struggle. We need to give ourselves each alternative to stage it within the UK however we all know it is probably not potential.”
Joshua gained again his belts from Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia final December and has not fought since.
The Pulev struggle was initially scheduled for June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur’s new 62,000-seater stadium in north London however the coronavirus pandemic modified these plans.