Hearn confirms deal in principle for Joshua to fight Pulev in June

Eddie Hearn has confirmed a deal in principle has been struck for Anthony Joshua to fight Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.

Hearn said following Tyson Fury's victory over Deontay Wilder that his preference was for Joshua to fight Fury next in a unification bout.

But Pulev is Joshua's mandatory challenger for the IBF title and Hearn has confirmed that an agreement is in place for the two men to fight at Spurs over the summer.

Wilder has 30 days to trigger a rematch clause against Fury which would be the third fight between the duo should it take place.

Hearn expects Wilder to take the rematch but – if he doesn't – that could potentially open the door for a 'step-aside' agreement with Pulev that would see Fury vs Joshua next.

Despite admitting there are 'hurdles to overcome' – Hearn is adamant the fight between Fury and Joshua will happen.

He told Sky Sports:"He's promoted by Bob Arum predominantly. Frank Warren is also involved, MTK are his management company. I've spoke to Top Rank and I've spoke to MTK straight after the fight.

"Everybody is very clear on this. Everybody wants this fight – Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, MTK, Top Rank, Frank Warren, Matchroom.

"There are some hurdles to overcome on the broadcasting, but nothing too much.

"I promise you this fight will happen. If we have to fight (Kubrat) Pulev, we've got to beat Pulev, and if he has to fight Wilder, he's got to beat Wilder again.

"Both of those things will happen. Fury will beat Wilder again and Joshua will knock Pulev clean out, despite Bob Arum telling us very differently.

"You will get this fight. We will do everything that it takes to make this fight.

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