Eddie Hearn planning to stage Joshua vs Pulev in front of small crowd

‘Why can’t we go to the Royal Albert Hall or Olympia and do 1,000 people, a proper glitz and glamour event, charge people a lot of money to go?’: Eddie Hearn planning to stage Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev fight in London this autumn

  • Kubrat Pulev is the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s IBF title
  • Promoter Eddie Hearn wants the fight to take place with in front of some fans  
  • He is considering offering a small number of highly expensive VIP tickets  
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Eddie Hearn believes there will be at least some fans present when Anthony Joshua defends his heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev. 

Joshua’s fight with Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which was set to take place in June, was cancelled due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic.

However, Hearn is hoping to rebook the bout for October or November in a high-profile London venue with a small crowd of high-rollers in attendance.

Eddie Hearn (C) is hoping to stage Anthony Joshua’s fight with Kubrat Pulev (R) later this year

‘I definitely see crowds coming back as early as September,’ Hearn told BoxingScene.com.

‘I really want to do the fight in the UK. So I am thinking AJ boxes in October or November, why can’t we go to the Royal Albert Hall or Olympia and do 1,000 people, a proper glitz and glamour event, charge people a lot of money to go, dinner before, a party, drinks and everyone is a couple of metres apart from everyone.’

‘If you are doing 1,000 tickets, there is a dinner before and an after-party, it is a hell of a ticket if you are a fight fan to go and watch something like that so close up,’ Hearn said.

‘We just have to be creative; people will want to go out. It will take time for people to rediscover the confidence to go to event with crowds.

‘I know there is a chance there could be a second spike, but if they start opening up restaurants in July and outdoor pubs, it will be very difficult to not allow gatherings of 100, 200, 500 or 1,000.’


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