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Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev BEHIND-CLOSED-DOORS? Eddie Hearn talks the possibility of the fight without fans

Anthony Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn doesn’t think the world heavyweight champion will face IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev behind-closed doors. 

Several major sporting events across the world have already been postponed or played behind-closed-doors amid coronavirus outbreak.

In Italy, Six Nations Games and Serie A have been postponed, while in other countries authorities have decided to ban fans from attending the events. 

Anthony Joshua will face Kubrat Pulev on June 20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

“We’ve got quite a busy schedule coming up, so we hope that it can be contained and business as usual,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“For me, boxing is unique in many ways, particularly in terms of the role that the fans play in making a fighter peak in a very important moment in their career.

“I cannot see how we can stage a fight behind closed doors with no crowd. Can you imagine Anthony Joshua walking to fight Kubrat Pulev in front of you and me and Adam Smith? It’s just not going to happen.

“Could you imagine Derek Chisora fighting Oleksandr Usyk behind closed doors and laying him out with a punch from the gods and standing on the turn buckle to see no-one? The crowd are so integral to the dramatic aspect of the sport of boxing, and in terms of being a TV product.

“For me, it’s very difficult to do behind closed doors.

“This is a sport where it could really impact the livelihood of the athletes and talent. Everybody’s hands are tied by government decisions that of course are there to act in the best interests of the country and the British public.

“What will be, will be. Right now, business as normal and we go ahead with an incredible schedule that we hope will go ahead in full.”

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