“Spurs, Emirates, Cardiff, Twickenham, everywhere is in play, but most likely end of May, early June. Joshua-Pulev in the UK.” 

Anthony Joshua will “almost certainly” defend his world heavyweight titles towards Kubrat Pulev in Britain, says promoter Eddie Hearn.

Britain’s unified champion has been granted extra time for talks with Bulgarian Pulev, his IBF obligatory challenger, however the Matchroom Boxing boss is assured that phrases can be agreed inside a fortnight.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and The Emirates, dwelling of Arsenal FC, are on the record of doable areas in the UK, with a possible date in May or June.

“It’s close and if it was proving difficult to make, we would go into purse bids now at this stage, or they would order it,” Hearn advised Sky Sports. “We spoke to the camps they usually mainly mentioned we’d like one other two weeks and we’ll have it finalised.

“Almost definitely that can be AJ’s subsequent fight and almost definitely in the UK.

“The fundamental situation we’ve got is Pulev desires to make as a lot cash for that fight as he can. There is not as a lot cash for that fight in the UK as there is elsewhere, however AJ has given me the instruction that I boxed in New York, I boxed in Saudi, I would really like to do that one in the UK.

“Spurs, Emirates, Cardiff, Twickenham, everywhere is in play, but most likely end of May, early June. Joshua-Pulev in the UK.”

Joshua has additionally been ordered to face WBO obligatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk, who has not been utterly dominated out, though the Ukrainian is set to settle for an alternate fight with Derek Chisora.

“Possible, however we have just about agreed phrases now with Chisora and Usyk for that fight,” said Hearn. “It’s only a case of finalising it, March 28, early April, however I’m very assured you will see that fight as effectively.”

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