Anthony Joshua wants to face Tyson Fury in a worldwide heavyweight unification fight, if he has to settle for just one fight this year due to the coronavirus.
Joshua is scheduled to defend the title against Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, but the pandemic means the date is likely to be postponed.
If the delay continues beyond the summer, leaving Joshua with room for just one competition in 2020, promoter Eddie Hearn said the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champion hopes his opponent could be WBC belt holder Fury for an all-British showdown.
The 30-year-old’s last fight was a victorious one against Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia in December.
“We have June 20 as the scheduled date for Anthony Joshua,” Hearn told Sky Sports News on Friday.
“We are going to make a statement, potentially this week or the beginning of next week, that will probably be postponed, I think this is quite straightforward and obvious; I hope until the end of July.
“If you start to kick further, you will come to a situation where, if Joshua is only going to box once this year, he would like it to be against Tyson Fury.”
Fury is expected to complete his trilogy with Deontay Wilder in late 2020, after dethroning the American in February, but Hearn is hopeful that some negotiations are possible.
“The situation is a little out of our hands,” he said. “If Bob Arum and Al Haymon (promoters of Fury and Wilder) can talk and make Deontay Wilder wait a while, we would like to get into that fight next.
“We are contractually committed to facing Pulev, who is with Bob Arum, and there is an agreement to be made. It depends a lot on Deontay Wilder.