Eddie Hearn suggests Anthony Joshua will face Kubrat Pulev for his next fight

Eddie Hearn has revealed Anthony Joshua’s next move (Getty Images)

Eddie Hearn has suggested that Anthony Joshua’s next opponent will be Kubrat Pulev.

Joshua reclaimed the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles with a victory in his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday evening.

The 30-year-old insisted after his win in Saudi Arabia that he is open to a unification fight with Deontay Wilder.

But Joshua is set to be tied to two mandatory defences with Pulev and Usyk in the frame.

And Hearn claims that Pulev, who is the IBF mandatory challenger, will be the first one to face Joshua before a bout against Usyk later in 2020.

Kubrat Pulev is set to be Anthony Joshua’s next opponent (Getty Images)

‘He certainly doesn’t want to let [go of the titles] in the ring, or out of the ring,’ Hearn told ESPN.

‘The IBF seems to be the one that was certainly ordered first.

‘But I’ll need to speak to Daryl Peoples [IBF], I’ll need to speak to ‘Paco’ [Francisco Valcarcel, head of the WBO].

Oleksandr Usyk is due to fight Joshua in 2020 (Getty Images)

‘[Joshua] certainly wants to make sure he can keep every belt. So that’s what we’ll be trying to do.’

Hearn also revealed that Usyk will likely face Dereck Chisora ‘in early March, and then he fights the winner of Joshua-Pulev.’


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