Promoter Bob Arum is confident a deal can be struck for a heavyweight blockbuster between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua but insists the fight will not take place until next year.

The two Britons hold all of the major belts in boxing's blue riband division, with Joshua avenging his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim the IBF, WBA and WBO straps last December.

Fury then battered Deontay Wilder to a seventh-round loss in Las Vegas in February to take the WBC title, leaving him once again on a collision course with Joshua.

However, each man has contractual obligations to uphold. Fury is committed to a third meeting with Wilder, with whom he shared a contentious draw in December 2018, while Joshua was set to meet IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in June before the coronavirus pandemic laid waste to those plans.

Arum, who promotes both Fury and Pulev, told Stats Perform News those fights will have to happen first but remains confident he can broker an agreement.

"We're going to have to wait for that fight until maybe the end of the first quarter of 2021. We've been talking about this at length – both Eddie Hearn, Frank Warren and myself.

"Obviously it would require both Joshua and Fury to be successful in the fights that they're already contracted for.

"If that's so, we would work together – all of us, MTK [Fury's management] – to get that fight on sometime early next year."

Arum's Top Rank promotional outfit relaunched boxing behind closed doors in Las Vegas this week and hopes to bring back shows with minimal attendance later in the year.

However, he concedes Fury v Wilder III is a fight of such magnitude and expense that it requires a live gate, meaning reports Sydney's Bankwest Stadium could stage the bout on Christmas Day that emerged this week are not as far-fetched as they might initially sound.

"Dean Lonergan [the promoter behind the proposal] is a good friend of mine. We did the Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn fight and he's been back and forth to me with the idea of doing that fight around Christmas in Sydney, Australia," he explained.

"There's the big, big stadium there. There's been a lot of support from the [local] government to do that fight and the Aussies are used to doing these big events around noon on a Sunday, which is equivalent to prime time in the United States on a Saturday night.

"It's all good but there are a number of questions. Will the authorities allow boxing or any of the sports events with full capacity in an outdoor stadium? We don't know that. I told Dean he's got to find out whether that's so.

"It's the same problem we have in the United States. If we can't do an event with a full capacity, then why go all the way over to Australia?"

Charles Martin is "ready and waiting" to fight Kubrat Pulev if Anthony Joshua is unable to recover from a knee injury.

Joshua was pictured on crutches while attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Watford last week, with his left knee in a brace.

According to Boxing Scene, promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion will be out of action for four weeks after injuring himself when running.

Joshua is due to fight Pulev in October or November this year, but Martin, beaten by Joshua at the O2 Arena in 2016, is keeping a close eye on his recovery.

Leon Margules, the president of Martin's promoters Warriors Boxing, told Sky Sports: "If Joshua is injured and can't defend on a mandatory basis, and the title becomes vacant, we'll fight Pulev for the vacant title.

"Charles Martin is fit, ready and waiting for that opportunity. We've been waiting for the opportunity for a long time.

"We were actually reading all about Joshua-Fury, and then thinking to ourselves that the IBF would then vacate the IBF title, because he didn't do his mandatory. He's already had exceptions.

"We would then demand the IBF vacate the title and allow Pulev to fight for Joshua's vacant title."

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua has appeared at a Black Lives Matter protest, declaring the "virus" of racism is "out of control".

Joshua, the IBF, WBA and WBO champion, addressed a crowd of hundreds in his home town of Watford with an impassioned speech, while he also read a poem.

Protests have swept the United States and beyond in the aftermath of George Floyd's death, with the one Joshua attended on Saturday among several held in the United Kingdom.

Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

"The virus has been declared a pandemic," Joshua said. "This is out of control. And I'm not talking about COVID-19. The virus I'm talking about is called racism.

"We stand united against a virus which has been instrumental in taking lives, taking lives of the young, old, rich, poor; a virus which is unapologetic and spreads across all sectors."

Joshua added: "We can no longer sit back and remain silent on these senseless, unlawful killings and sly racism on another human being - based on what? Only their skin colour.

"We need to speak out in peaceful demonstrations - just like today, so well done Watford.

"We must not use a demonstration for selfish motives and turn it into rioting and looting."

Joshua was seen wearing a knee brace and walking with crutches as well as using a scooter during part of the protest march.

In a widely reported statement, the Briton's camp insisted the brace was "a precautionary measure" that was not of significant concern after he had felt a "twinge" in training.

Joshua has accepted he will only fight once in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the boxing calendar.

His next opponent is set to be Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev.

Joshua and Pulev were due to fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this month, but the contest was postponed, with a new date and venue still to be determined.

A showdown between Britain's world heavyweight kings Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury is too close to call due to their history as sparring partners.

That is the opinion of veteran American heavyweight Kevin Johnson, who went the distance with reigning WBC champion Fury in a December 2012 points loss, before suffering a second-round knockout defeat to now unified IBF, WBA and WBO beltholder Joshua two-and-a-half years later.

Fury is seen by many as the man to beat in the division, still unbeaten in 31 contests and coming off the back of a career-best demolition of feared knockout artist Deontay Wilder in February.

Joshua's stock took a considerable hit when he was stunned by Andy Ruiz Jr – another former Johnson foe – last June but he responded in style by closing out an emphatic points verdict in an instant rematch.

The 2012 Olympic champion was due to face Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this month before the coronavirus pandemic laid waste to those plans, meaning talk of a long-awaited meeting between Joshua and Fury has duly ramped up.

Back in 2010, a 20-year-old Joshua sparred a 21-year-old Fury in London. In remarks far removed from more recent smack talk, both were complimentary about the other's efforts.

Johnson is a seasoned campaigner across some of the most notable gyms in the sport and served as a sparring partner – as Joshua and Fury also did – for former unified champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Speaking to Stats Perform News, he explained those lessons learned underneath headguards from a decade ago will not have left either man.

"They've got history, they know each other," he explained, before pointing towards Joshua's rollercoaster win over a veteran Klitschko at Wembley three years ago.

"It won't go the way people think it will go. It's just like when Wladimir fought Anthony Joshua.

"They had history, we all had history because we all used to go to Austria and spar together. That was the central hub for all great fighters who wanted to get in with great fighters.

"AJ and Klitschko had history, Fury and AJ got history. If they never had history then I know who I would bet my money on, but they have history and they know what to look for, what to expect and what not to expect. The strengths, the weaknesses, the speed, the power – they know that already.

"That's the thing about us fighters. We need each other for great sparring but then we've got to mess around and fight each other. It's a gift and a curse.

"If someone knows you and you know that person it's a game of chess. I know your moves, I know how you are, how fast you move your pieces on the board, I know how distracting this could be and you know the same about me. So how can you say who's better?

"It's the type of fight, just like Klitschko and AJ at Wembley. I was there and I couldn't bet a dollar because I knew they knew each other."

Nevertheless, there seems little doubt where Johnson's loyalties would lie if the blockbuster bout comes to pass.

After facing Fury, he became well acquainted with 'The Gypsy King' and his fighting family – most notably his cousin and fellow heavyweight Hughie Fury and uncle and former trainer Peter Fury.

"The Furys are my favourite team in the whole world. Not only did they open their gym up to me, they opened their home up to me," Johnson recalled. "Those are the most humbling stories.

"When I had the fight coming up with Anthony Joshua, Peter called me and said come on over and they'd help me out.

"We were running every morning, one hour uphill on a road in Bolton. We did everything together.

"I had Tyson Fury, I had Hughie Fury. I was sparring with everyone.

"If anybody ever says anything about Furys, they've got a problem with me."

Johnson will fight fellow former world-title challenger Mariusz Wach at a behind-closed-doors event in Poland next Friday, as boxing emerges from the COVID-19 shutdown.

Roger Federer and Anthony Joshua have become accustomed to winning in their respective sports, but both suffered notable defeats on June 1 through the years.

Federer saw his hopes of a second successive title at the French Open dashed in 2010, while nine years later Joshua lost his heavyweight titles - and his perfect record - to Andy Ruiz.

The date has better memories for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, plus it is also memorable for marking the end of Shaquille O'Neal's stellar NBA career.

Take a look back at some of the great sporting moments to happen on this day.


2008 – Royals overcome Kings to be crowned

The inaugural IPL season concluded with a last-ball thriller. 

Rajasthan Royals, who were the top seeds at the end of the round-robin stage, just about overcame Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai, Sohail Tanvir the unlikely hero with the bat as he hit the single they required from the final delivery of the match.

Captain Shane Warne was also out in the middle for the winning run but Yusuf Pathan was the star performer for the Royals in the final, following up figures of 3-22 with the ball by making 56 in their successful chase. 

2010 – Federer's slam streak comes to an end

For a second successive year, Robin Soderling caused a huge upset at Roland Garros. 

The Swede had sensationally knocked out Rafael Nadal in the fourth round in 2009, though he went on to lose in the final to Federer. However, 12 months on, he gained revenge in the French capital, ending the champion's reign with a 3-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 win in their last-eight meeting.

With the loss, Federer saw his impressive run of reaching 23 consecutive grand slam semi-finals come to an end. 

2011 – Shaq stops: NBA legend announces retirement

After a 19-year career that saw him score 28,596 points, O'Neal decided the time was right to retire. The man nicknamed 'The Big Diesel' had come to the end of the road.

Drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick in 1992, the center won three successive titles after moving to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he teamed up with Kobe Bryant.

O'Neal - voted the league's MVP in 2000 - won a further championship after switching to the Miami Heat. There were also stints with the Phoenix Suns and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the latter stages before a final stop in Boston with the Celtics.

2019 – Replacement Ruiz stuns AJ in New York

Ruiz was not even originally due to be in the opposite corner to Joshua in Madison Square Garden.

The challenger was called in as a replacement when Jarrell Miller was removed from the headline act - and he seized the unexpected opportunity by producing a stunning result that sent shockwaves through the boxing world.

Joshua had won 22 straight as a pro and came into the bout as the IBF, WBA and WBO champion. However, he was dropped and stopped by Ruiz, who climbed off the canvas in the third round to sensationally turn the fight around. 

Anthony Joshua has ruled out the prospect of facing boxing great Mike Tyson on his return to the ring as he believes no fan would want to see the current heavyweight champion prevail.

Former undisputed world champion Tyson, now 53, is reportedly ready to fight again in exhibition and charity bouts.

And UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz and Joshua's heavyweight rival Tyson Fury both claim to have been offered bouts against 'Iron Mike'.

But Joshua, who reclaimed his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Andy Ruiz Jr in December, is not interested in facing a legend of the sport.

"With all due respect, I wouldn't [fight Tyson]," he told The Sun.

"Even if I fought Iron Mike and beat him, I think I'd be the only one cheering. People would boo. He is a legend. He is the greatest boxer of the modern era.

"There are only two recognised champions the world knows of, [Muhammad] Ali and Mike Tyson, the most recognised faces in the world when it comes to boxing."

Joshua insists he also has respect for Fury, even as he aims to unify the division.

"I don't want to be in that position where I am talking down Tyson Fury," he said.

"He is a great person and he has done great things in boxing, but until the day we fight, that is where it ends and I don't have anything else to say about him.

"I really want the belt and that is where I stand with Tyson Fury."

Frank Warren thinks Anthony Joshua's promoters want to avoid a heavyweight unification fight with Tyson Fury as it would be too risky for their fighter.

Bob Arum, Fury's co-promoter along with Warren, has held preliminary talks with Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn over the prospect of a mouthwatering all-British bout.

WBC champion Fury faces a third fight with Deontay Wilder next, while Joshua is due to step into the ring with Kubrat Pulev after their bout - scheduled for June - was called off amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Warren believes the main issue getting in the way of a deal being agreed for Fury and Joshua to fight is Matchroom promoters do not want it to happen.

He told talkSPORT: "My concern, first and foremost, although they talk about it a lot, Matchroom, I don't think they want the fight. I don't think they want to put AJ in with Tyson, I really don't think so.

"I hear all the noises, but actions speak louder than words and at the moment it seems to me – and I'm not normally wrong on things like this – I've got a gut feeling they don't want it and I think that's for a reason.

"I think Tyson's the best heavyweight on the planet, there's no doubt about that, and it's a big risk for them. It's a feeling from me, I’ve never had any conversations [with Matchroom] because I don't deal with them.

"I know they've had talks with the MTK people [Fury's managers], I know there's also been conversations with Bob Arum, but I've told them all the way through this I don't think they want it.

"If Tyson, which I believe he will do, beats AJ, then they've got a problem."

Warren also revealed that an offer has been received for Fury to fight Wilder in the Far East, but refused to confirm Macau in China was the location.

"I can't say that [the offer is from Macau] at the moment, [but] it is from the Far East," he said.

"The fight will be back end of the year. All of the big fights are gonna be back end of the year."

Anthony Joshua concedes he will be a keen viewer if Mike Tyson makes a boxing comeback – naming the former heavyweight king as his "ultimate inspiration".

Tyson is reportedly ready to fight again at 53 in exhibition and charity bouts, with a series of his explosive pad workouts going viral on social media.

Old rival Evander Holyfield and 48-year-old fellow Brooklyn native Shannon Briggs have been touted as potential opponents, although there has also been plenty of concern voiced over whether a man with such a chequered past should be considering lacing gloves once more.

Speaking to British GQ, current IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua explained he was not surprised to see Tyson active again due to his fighting instinct.

"This is what we breathe. This is what we are. And especially someone like Iron Mike Tyson, that's all that man knows," he said.

"For everyone else it's a comeback, but for him it's just what he does. He's a fighter, right? He's probably just took a little break but for everybody else it’s like, 'Oh my God! Mike Tyson is making a comeback!'

"But for Mike Tyson it's like, 'This is what I do. I'm a fighter by nature'. So, if he's back in the ring then I would love to see it. I'd definitely be one of the viewers, that's for sure."

Tyson's whirlwind story combining ferocious knockouts, phenomenal achievements, controversies and disgrace means he remains one of the most recognisable sportsmen on the planet, and his exploits unquestionably resonated with Joshua, who explained he used to watch the American's hefty highlights reel on YouTube as a teenager.

"The guy took himself from his neighbourhood, which wasn't the prettiest of scenes, up to an amateur champion, to the youngest ever world heavyweight champion, to one of the most recognised faces of the sport of boxing," Joshua added.

"The only two faces I recognised in boxing, globally, are Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. They're the main faces of this sport, so from where he started to where he is now, he's my ultimate motivation.

"The reason I say that is because he was the closest guy to my generation, so he holds a special place in my heart."

Anthony Joshua views Tyson Fury as "just another fighter" as he seeks to solidify his heavyweight legacy.

Joshua regained the IBF, WBA and WBO titles with a lopsided points win over Andy Ruiz Jr last December, instantly avenging his shock knockout loss to the Mexican earlier in the year.

Two months later, Fury spectacularly dethroned Deontay Wilder to claim the WBC title, meaning there is considerable clamour for the two Britons to meet and decide an undisputed king of boxing's blue riband division.

Joshua understands the demand for what would be a blockbuster event, but refuses to place Fury – who recently said he would "batter" the Londoner – on a pedestal.

"There's going to be even bigger [fights] because I'm not going anywhere. I'm here to make history," he told British GQ.

"I'm hungry, I'm fired up. Fury's just another opponent at the end of the day.

"Yes it's going to be big for everyone else but I've got to keep myself together and I'm looking at Fury like he's just another fighter.

"But in terms of the spectacle, the trash talking, two juggernauts coming together – I can't wait.

"I've tasted what being at the top of the mountain feels like and I've tasted what being knocked off that mountain feels like and I've climbed my way back up.

"Whoever steps in front of me now will know I ain't looking to go back down. When I'm fighting Kubrat Pulev and I get the opportunity to fight with Tyson Fury for the WBC championship of the world, they're going to see what it feels like for a man to have had it all, lost it and got it back.

"A man who doesn't want to feel that turbulence again."

He added: "I can't really comment on Tyson Fury, to be honest. I've got my own opinions and views of that person but all I need to know is when I'm going to beat him and when I'm going to fight him."

Joshua was due to face IBF mandatory challenger Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

His promoter Eddie Hearn insists that bout, ideally in front of a UK stadium crowd later in the year, remains Joshua's immediate priority.

 "Wouldn't it be great to come through all this and stage a world heavyweight title fight in the UK this year? For us, that is the absolute focus and if that's taken out of our hands, we will look at other options around the world," he told Sky Sports.

Joshua beat Ruiz in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East could come to the fore as an alternative venue for his next outing, while Pulev's manager Ivaylo Gotsev claims to have secured financial backing to stage the bout at Pula Arena – a Roman amphitheatre in Croatia.

"Croatia is a potential option at this stage and just a part of wider discussions," Hearn added.

"Given the current uncertainty, I would expect to see him in the ring again end of September at the earliest, but more likely October or November as the restrictions hopefully start to ease."

Tyson Fury can go on to achieve whatever he wants in a heavyweight division that is "booming" right now, according to WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.

After much-publicised personal problems interrupted his career, Fury has returned to the pinnacle of the sport, becoming a two-time world champion in February when he sensationally stopped the previously unbeaten Deontay Wilder.

The stunning victory in Las Vegas secured the WBC title and Sulaiman is full of praise for the "very unique" British fighter - and not just because of his talents in the ring.

A third fight with Wilder is set to happen at some stage in the future, while Fury has also made clear his desire for a unification showdown with Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBF, WBA and WBO titles again after defeating Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch late last year.

"The heavyweight division is booming. It's never been as interesting in the previous 20 years as it is now," Sulaiman, who was speaking to Stats Perform News courtesy of @trcksuits, said.

"Tyson Fury – what a story. What an unbelievable comeback from thinking of taking his own life to being WBC champion of the world.

"Knocking out Wilder, who had been champion for five years, undefeated with such a knockout record.

"You can see Tyson Fury doing anything that he puts his mind to. He is very powerful, very intelligent, very calm. He is very unique. I see him having all the elements to accomplish any of his dreams."

A third chapter in the Fury-Wilder rivalry seemed certain to happen in 2020, only for the coronavirus pandemic to put all boxing plans on hold.

Sulaiman confirmed to Stats Perform News that there is no "definite schedule" over when that fight will happen, though he hopes boxing can quickly pick up where it left off before the enforced break.

"As of today, there is no definite schedule for any world title fight," Sulaiman said.

"Wilder and Fury were scheduled to do a third fight, but everything that is going on is only informal communications that we cannot fully evaluate.

"So what I think is going to happen, is that the moment the first fight takes place, everything will start rolling, and the activity will start picking up.

"Hopefully the world will cure, hopefully there will be a vaccine. Hopefully we will all learn how to live in the next era and activity will get back to normal.

"We are tired of watching the replays from the World Cup and the great fights from the past. All the fans are waiting for fresh activity."

All roads lead to Tyson Fury for Kubrat Pulev, who is treating his fight with Anthony Joshua as a "war," according to manager Ivalyo Gotsev.

Pulev has the chance to become the first Bulgarian heavyweight champion when he faces Joshua for the Briton's WBA, IBF and WBO straps.

A new date and venue for the fight is still to be confirmed after the initial bout, scheduled for June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has talked up the possibility of a two-fight deal with WBC champion Fury following his victory over Deontay Wilder.

But Gotsev has designs on a Pulev-Fury unification bout, though he is firmly focused on Joshua for the time being.

"We've got a little history going here, with Kubrat and British heavyweights. He's knocked off quite a few," Gotsev told Sky Sports.

"He shut up Derek Chisora, because he had a big mouth. That was great, then beating another Fury [Hughie], the little cousin was also a pretty good feat.

"That was the fight that qualified him to be the No 1 contender to Joshua, another British champion, so there is a little connection there.

"Kubrat versus UK, I like that. A little name for himself there, so yeah, let's deal with Joshua first. Let the best man win, and then we'll look at options with Tyson Fury.

"Either way, all roads lead to Fury. I can say that, because I think he's shown to be one of the supreme guys out there, if not the supreme guy.

"He is the man. It would be delightful to face the UK champions, one after another, wouldn't it.

"His mindset [for Joshua] is – we're going to war. Going to war, it's a lot of preparation, we know what's at stake.

"This is his chance to rise to the top and become the first and only heavyweight champion from our country, and that part of the world.

"It's a very exciting time for him and he's doing everything he has to do to get himself ready for this fight.

"It's going to be a formidable fight. They're the same height, same physical strength and let's see who is the better boxer now, and a better fighter of this era.

"Kubrat will present a great challenge for Joshua, that's all I can say."

Heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could be set to meet twice in 2021, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

The two world champions are seemingly closing in on meeting in the ring but, before they can face each other, both have other business to take care of.

Joshua is due to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Kubrat Pulev in a bout that was originally scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, only to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As for Fury, the holder of the WBC belt, he is set to once again go up against Deontay Wilder in a third episode of their rivalry.

A recent media report suggested Wilder - who lost the title to Fury in their February rematch - could be willing to step aside to allow a unification showdown between the Brits to happen next, provided he is first in line for a crack at the winner.

While Hearn says Joshua has "no problem" signing a deal to face Fury, he explained why the fight is not expected to happen before the end of this year.

"I had a conversation [on Thursday] saying, 'Wilder is not stepping aside, we will take care of that fight, you take care of the Pulev fight, but let's get a deal done for 2021'," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"We have no problem signing now to fight Fury in 2021.

"It will work out better for both of them to box off those fights then have a clear route, subject to Dillian Whyte being mandatory to Fury, to get [an undisputed title fight] done."

Hearn also confirmed that any agreement is likely to include a rematch clause, setting up the potential for a hugely lucrative double-header between Joshua and Fury next year.

"It would probably be a two-fight deal," Hearn said. "Any deal between Fury and AJ, you run it twice.

"It is not a condition of the deal but it was in their deal with Deontay Wilder, and it is the biggest fight in boxing, so it is likely you will see that twice."

Fury confirmed in an Instagram Live on Thursday that he has no plans to pay Wilder to postpone a third clash, though Joshua is firmly in his sights.

"I'm going to take him out again for the third time, hopefully at the end of the year, and then we’re going to go into 2021 with the biggest fight in boxing history between two undefeated British heavyweights, me and AJ, and we're going to battle it out for all the gold," he said.

Kubrat Pulev's manager has revealed it will take no longer than three weeks to settle on a venue for the Bulgarian's heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua.

IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua and Pulev were due to do battle at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Bob Arum, who represents Pulev, last weekend stated that the rearranged fight will definitely not be staged in the United Kingdom, given that spectators will not be allowed in.

Ivaylo Gotsev, Pulev's boss, says Pula Arena in Croatia or a fight in England are among the possibilities for where the fight will be held and a decision will be made in the next few weeks.

He told Sky Sports: "We've given ourselves four weeks to explore any and all opportunities that are there for the fight.

"Eddie [Joshua's promoter Hearn] has spoken to you about the Middle East, which is a great possibility. It makes sense, because those countries were not as hard affected and if you take the right precautions, we could really have a safe environment.

"That's something I want to emphasise, and I can't say it enough times - safety first. We don't want to take a risk against anyone's health, no way no how. Whatever makes most sense, wherever we can have the best conditions under the current terms we're living in, that's where we're going to go in.

"There you have it, we have about three more weeks left on the exploring and then we'll see where the best options lie."

Gotsev thinks a fight in Croatia is a great option.

He added: "Eddie is well aware of it - our team is aware of it. We're discussing it as a possibility.

"Why Croatia? Well, first of all, when you look at the map of Europe, it's right there in the centre of the map, and it makes sense for our continent to host the event, and also the venue itself is very inviting, because it's an open-air venue.

"You could take the proper precautions and the proper measurements to look after people's safety first. This is not, just go out there and have a fight. No, we've got to protect the people that are involved with the fight.

"From participants to the timekeepers, to the judges. All the stuff that's involved in production of such a big event, we're looking after their health, so we could take proper precautions there and protect everyone.

"Croatia is one of the countries that was not hit very hard, as we know, and also with proper measurements, that could be the case where we're not exposing everybody. An open-air stadium where you could spread out the crowd a little bit makes perfect sense."

Bob Arum says there is no chance Kubrat Pulev will "step aside" to allow Tyson Fury to fight Anthony Joshua next.

Mandatory challenger Pulev and IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua were set to step into the ring at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

WBC champion Fury's next fight is due to be another rematch with Deontay Wilder, yet there has been increasing talk of an all-British unification fight coming first.

Top Rank boss Arum, who represents Bulgarian veteran Pulev and promotes Fury in the United States, dismissed that possibility following his latest conversation with Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn on Saturday.

Arum revealed Joshua and Pulev look likely to do battle outside the United Kingdom later this year.

He told Bad Left Hook: "No step aside for Pulev.

"I talked to Eddie Hearn about Joshua vs Pulev. It looks like it can't be the UK, because there couldn't be spectators.

"There looks like there are a couple other possibilities [for where the fight will take place]. It's probably not gonna take place until later this year. And definitely not the UK.

"Also, for Fury versus Wilder, that's looking like the fourth quarter."

Tyson Fury had boxing fans on red alert after announcing "massive, massive news" is imminent during an Instagram live session.

The unbeaten Briton was due to face a trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder, the man whose WBC heavyweight strap he took in emphatic fashion in February, later this year but plans were put on the backburner due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Talks have since reportedly been taking place between the teams of Fury and domestic rival Anthony Joshua – the WBA, IBF and WBO champion – over a huge undisputed title fight abroad before the end of 2020.

With Joshua's scrap with Kubrat Pulev having also been curtailed, negotiations over such a fight are sure to be wrought with complications.

It remains to be seen what is on the agenda for both Brits but Fury said he had taken a call from MTK, his management company, and that something big is on the horizon.

"We've got some massive news coming soon. Some massive, massive news," Fury said. 

"I was just on the phone to the old MTK and we've got some massive news coming for you all. Very, very soon so keep an eye out for it all."

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