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Pulev pledges half of Joshua purse to coronavirus fight

Kubrat Pulev (right) had been scheduled to fight Anthony Joshua in London on 20 JuneKubrat Pulev has pledged half of his purse – an estimated £2m – from his world heavyweight title fight against Britain’s Anthony Joshua to help the battle against coronavirus.The fight – scheduled for 20 June at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium -…

Pulev pledges half of Joshua purse to coronavirus fight

Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev

Kubrat Pulev (right) had been scheduled to fight Anthony Joshua in London on 20 June

Kubrat Pulev has pledged half of his purse – an estimated £2m – from his world heavyweight title fight against Britain’s Anthony Joshua to help the battle against coronavirus.

The fight – scheduled for 20 June at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – was postponed because of the pandemic.

Pulev, 38, is expected to earn around $5m (£4.07m) from the fight.

He said: “I will give doctors, nurses and hospitals the necessary equipment to deal with this devilish virus.”

Speaking to German newspaper Bild, he added: “I will donate 50% of the money I earn from the match with Joshua to the tireless heroes in the fight against the coronavirus.”

World champion Joshua, 30, has not fought since December, when he gained a unanimous points victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia to regain the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts he lost to the American-Mexican in New York last June.

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The Briton’s promoter Matchroom Boxing said on Friday that a new date for the fight “was being worked on” and that it was “continuing to explore the possibility” of hosting the bout at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at a later date.

Pulev, had previously challenged for the IBF world heavyweight title in 2014 but lost to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg when he was knocked out in the fifth round.

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