Eddie Hearn the promoter of World Heavy Weight champion Anthony Joshua has hinted his next title defence is likely to be at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium sometime this year.
The 30 year old british fighter regained his IBF, WBA and WBO titles in December beating Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia and is expected to take on Bulgarian fighter Kubrat Pulev who is the IBF mandatory challenger sometime in June.
He comes into the fight with only one defeat to former World Heavy weight Champion Wladmir Klitschko in 29 fights and has recently beaten high ranked brits Hughie Fury and Derek Chisora.
Speaking to Sky Sports Hearn explained how they have had offers in from the Far East, Middle East, Africa, America, Turkey.”
Before adding that
“He wants to fight in London in June. Spurs is the frontrunner and that's what he's asked me to do.”
“He's made it very clear to me, ‘I want to come home. I've been to Madison Square Garden, I've been to Saudi Arabia, bring me home. Forget the other offers, bring me home'.”
Should the fight happen in London it would be nearly two years since Joshua last stepped into the ring in his countries capital, going back to September 2018 when he fought Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium.
The location of the fight as been the major hold up in the negotiations as Pulev as openly mocked the World champion over his preference to stage the fight on home soil.
In a recent interview about the build up the Bulgarian warned Joshua he is “ready to come to London” to “bust up” the world heavyweight champion.
“Calm down champ, I see that you are very worried to fight away from home and you are absolutely right to be, haha!
“But rest assured, if necessary, I'm ready to come to London and bust you up in front of your own fans!
“Until then, tell Mr. Hearn not to get ahead of himself, we do not have a deal yet!”
Should Joshua win against Pulev his next challenger for the IBF title is Oleksandr Usyk who it is believed he will have to face before taking on the much-anticipated fight between the winner of the Wilder vs Fury rematch next month in order to unify the titles.
In the meantime, Usyk will have to over come the challenge of Derek Chisora who is again promoted by Hearn and may take place a few weeks after Joshua’s fight.
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