Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev won’t be in the UK, claims challenger’s promoter

Anthony Joshua's world title defence against Kubrat Pulev won't be held in the UK, according to promoter Bob Arum.

The heavyweight clash looked set to be announced for June 20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But Arum – who also represents Tyson Fury – claims he will not allow his fighter to travel to London for fear of being robbed by the judges.

"Joshua has to fight Pulev and we have a big problem with the site," he told World Boxing News .

"For Pulev and Joshua, the British Board are not being very co-operative.

"Pulev is now going to go to purse bid because he doesn't want to fight in the United Kingdom.

"We are just not going to do the fight in the UK. Because we don’t get a level playing field."

Joshua won back his three belts last December when he outpointed Andy Ruiz Jr in their Saudi Arabia rematch.

He had been due to face Pulev three years ago but the Bulgarian pulled out injured and was replaced by Carlos Takam.

Joshua's promoter has repeatedly said the fight with Pulev will take place in north London.

But he had also hoped to be able to skip the fight to allow Joshua to take on Fury in an undisputed clash following his win over Deontay Wilder last weekend.

The American's decision to trigger a rematch clause in his contract, however, means the all-British fight will have to wait.

"We can't get Fury, we've got to fight Pulev and we'll get that out the way," Hearn said.

"Hopefully Fury can get his out of the way and we can get this done in November/December of this year.

"Let's get these wins, let's start negotiating, and make sure it's all in place.

"No banana skins, all business, AJ beat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur, Fury beat Wilder again, probably in America, and let's make it happen.

"You'll get some crazy numbers around the world to host it, but how often are we going to get the chance for two Brits to fight for the undisputed heavyweight world championship?

"To do it at Wembley Stadium would be extremely special.

"We've got the chance now to make an undisputed fight between two British heavyweight world champions. We would be daft and mad not to make this happen."

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