Kubrat Pulev team want Anthony Joshua event staged soon with no fans
Kubrat Pulev and his team want promoter Eddie Hearn to find a way to stage the Anthony Joshua mandatory fight sooner rather than later.
Boxing remains on lockdown due to coronavirus, although more and more events are taking place despite the warnings.
Wrestlemania was held over two nights last weekend, whilst UFC boss Dana White has found a private island to hold his upcoming 249th event.
Pulev’s representatives have now urged Hearn to get things moving on their heavyweight title fight, originally set for June 20 until postponed.
The Bulgarian’s co-promoters, Ivaylo Gotzev and John Wirt with Epic Sports & Entertainment, are developing contingency plans that would permit the promotion of Joshua vs. Pulev for the World Heavyweight Championship in a post-coronavirus environment – even if mass gatherings remain restricted.
“I know Eddie has questioned Dana White’s plans to promote UFC events now during this pandemic,” said Ivaylo Gotzev, CEO of Epic Sports. *But throughout the last hundred years, boxing has been a refuge from some of the biggest challenges our world has ever seen.
“Throughout the Great Depression, two World Wars, even the tragedy of September 11th, boxing has been first to capture the hearts, minds and the imagination of the public. Especially when they needed it most.
“Therefore Joshua vs Pulev must go on!”
“The truth is that soccer is still being played in stadiums in Europe. WWE had a PPV event last weekend in the United States. The German soccer league announced today their plans to start playing soccer soon. Major League Baseball has also discussed plans to hold a modified season in Arizona,” said John Wirt, President of Epic Sports.
“People need entertainment. Sports specifically, while being cooped up inside for this long. You can catch a fever from COVID-19. But you can also get a bad case of Cabin Fever if you don’t take care of your mental health.
“Just like Netflix, sports is an essential service because we help keep people from worrying themselves sick over this virus.”
“Safety is our number one priority. But it’s now time to separate the boys from the men. The show must go on.
“We cannot let fear stand in the way of our very existence. A 15-minute rapid test is now readily available. Soon antibody testing and certification will exist,” added Gotzev.
“While it is clearly not practical to test 70,000 fans coming into a stadium, testing the hundred or so persons required for the first-class television production of a world heavyweight championship fight with no live audience is now well within the realm of possibility.”
“As I have said repeatedly, I’m ready to battle. Anytime. Anyplace,” said the Mandatory Challenger, Kubrat Pulev.
“So, come on AJ, let’s make this historic fight happen for the world. To give our fans a battle they will never forget!”