Joshua wants to face Tyson Fury in a world heavyweight unification
fight if he has to settle for just one bout this year due to the
Joshua is scheduled for a title defence against Kubrat Pulev at the
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 20 June, but the pandemic means that date
is likely to be postponed.
If the delay goes on beyond the summer leaving Joshua with room for
only one contest in 2020, promoter Eddie Hearn said the WBO, WBA, IBF
and IBO champion hopes his opponent can be WBC belt holder Fury for an
The 30-year-old's last fight was a title-winning victory against Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia in December.
"We've got 20 June as a pencilled date for Anthony Joshua," Hearn told Sky Sports News on Friday.
"We will make a statement, potentially this week or early next week,
that's likely to be delayed, I think that's pretty straightforward and
obvious; hopefully until the end of July.
"If it starts kicking on beyond that, you get to a situation where if
Joshua is only going to box once this year he'd like it to be against
Fury is expected to complete his trilogy with Deontay Wilder later in
2020, having dethroned the American in February, but Hearn is hopeful
some negotiations could be possible.
"The situation is a little bit out of our hands," he said.
Arum and Al Haymon (Fury and Wilder's promoters) can talk and make
Deontay Wilder wait a little bit we would love to go into that fight
"We are contractually bound to face Pulev who is with Bob Arum and there is a deal to be done. A lot depends on Deontay Wilder."