Eddie Hearn reveals if Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev will take place in his back garden

Eddie Hearn has ruled out Anthony Joshua’s showdown with Kubrat Pulev taking place at Matchroom Boxing HQ. Hearn is currently in the process of building facilities at his Essex home in order to stage fights during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Matchroom chief is hoping for his ambitions £1million plan to get underway in July and culminate in August.

The British Boxing Board of Control is looking to start sanctioning fights in July, though they will see where the lay of the land is prior to doing so.

After initially unveiling his grand plan to get Matchroom’s calendar back up and running, Hearn admitted he wouldn’t be averse to staging big fights in his home arena.

Dillian Whyte’s clash with Alexander Povetkin, which was supposed to take place earlier this month, is set to be held in Hearn’s back garden should the BBBOC give the green light.

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I don’t think that’s necessarily an option. But he wants to fight

Eddie Hearn on Anthony Joshua facing Kubrat Pulev at Matchroom Boxing HQ

Hearn’s willingness to host Whyte vs Povetkin in his own back yard led many to assume Joshua’s unified title defence against Pulev will also take there.

But Hearn, who is still eager for ‘AJ’ to fight in front of a crowd this year, doesn’t see that being a viable option.

“Ninety per cent of fighters are ready to go,” Hearn told IFL TV.

“They want to carry on their career. I was talking to ‘AJ’, ‘AJ’ wants to fight here at Fight Camp. 


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“I don’t think that’s necessarily an option. But he wants to fight. This is what he does, I want to go back to the office, I want to go back to work. That’s what I do.

“I’m sure fighters would prefer to fight in front of live crowds, of course, you would.  That’s not going to be an option in the interim and may not even be an option until next year.

“So, be a pro, get prepared and get a fight in the bank. Get your money in the bank, progress your career and let’s go.”

Joshua’s meeting with Pulev was initially meant to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20 but was postponed until July 25 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Despite it looking like fans won’t be allowed to attend sporting events for the foreseeable future, Hearn has yet to make a decision on the fight.

That has irked Pulev, who recently told Bad Left Hook: “We have done everything on our part. 

“We agreed to all the conditions that Joshua’s team asked for, and now it’s up to them. 

“I’m ready to face Joshua; it doesn’t matter where. I’m waiting for Eddie Hearn to finally make a decision where the fight is going to be and get started.”

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