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    Default Joshua v Pulev - Istanbul Turkey - May 2020

    Strange if true but this is all over the web

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    Default Re: Joshua v Pulev - Istanbul Turkey - May 2020

    Bizarre rumour claims Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev could take place in Istanbul, Turkey

    Anthony Joshua will defend his unified heavyweight world titles against Kubrat Pulev in Istanbul, Turkey, if reports coming out of Bulgaria are to be believed.

    On Thursday morning, multiple major outlets from Pulev’s home country stated that their man will be challenging AJ in May at Besiktas FC’s Vodafone Park stadium.



    As things stand the rumours should be treated with a fair amount of scepticism. Nothing official has been confirmed or even reported by anybody related to negotiations.

    However, Pulev did share a link to one of the reports on his Facebook page, causing speculation to intensify.

    While it seems unlikely that a fight between a Brit and a Bulgarian would end up in Turkey, anything now appears possible after the Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch took place in Saudi Arabia.

    The Saudis put up a sizeable site fee to secure the December 7 mega event and generated a great deal of worldwide publicity for their country as a result.

    Istanbul is already hosting the UEFA Champions League final on May 30, 2020.

    It was already known that AJ’s next fight is likely to be against Pulev, who appears to be the preferred option out of his two mandatories.

    The IBF have put forward the Bulgarian as their challenger while the WBO insist Oleksandr Usyk should get a shot.

    It is possible the WBO belt may be vacated as a result.

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    Default Re: Joshua v Pulev - Istanbul Turkey - May 2020

    Usyk's manager posted pic of him Joshua and Hearn today having a meeting at the Dorchester.

    Of course it may be they are just friends and were out on the lash but who knows.
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    Default Re: Joshua v Pulev - Istanbul Turkey - May 2020

    Here's an idea follow up with a top tier must see heavyweight clash and save on airfare and security. Or comparatively speaking make Chisora at home who arguably has done far more since Pulev. Never understand the obedience to defend v a 'mandatory' for some alphabet group that holds 2 of 10 contender spots open as "not rated" year-round.

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    Default Re: Joshua v Pulev - Istanbul Turkey - May 2020

    AJ is voluntarily doing this because he gets more money, is an easier fight, and keeps the title’s intact in that order.

    AJ calls the shots and decides what is best for him, he does not play other people tunes.
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    Default Re: Joshua v Pulev - Istanbul Turkey - May 2020

    Would have preferred a fight with Usyk, but maybe he first needs a few bouts vs better and better calibre fighters before he goes for one of the belt holders?

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