Anthony Joshua given until the end of the month to agree terms with Kubrat Pulev


Anthony Joshua has been given until the end of the month to agree on terms over a fight with Kubrat Pulev.

Having avenged his shock loss to Any Ruiz Jr with a ruthlessly efficient rematch win in December, Joshua is now eyeing up his next opponent.

The boxing public is desperate for AJ to finally come to blows with either Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury but it looks those fantasy bouts will have to wait a little longer.

Pulev is the mandatory challenger for the IBF title and, according to an IBF spokesperson, the fighters have been given until the end of January to come to an accord over a fight.

"I have just been told that the Pulev and Joshua camps have asked until January 31 to negotiate," he told Sky Sports.

Joshua may have to give up one of his titles if he can't convince one of the IBF or WBO to postpone their fight order until the latter half of 2020.

Initial reports are that Joshua's next bout will be on UK shores, with Tottenham Hotspur's brand new stadium slated as the venue of choice.

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While a coming together with Usyk or Pulev would undoubtedly attract a massive crowd, you can't help but feel a little underwhelmed by the prospect.

With Fury and Wilder's titanic rematch fast approaching, a monumental clash with the winner of that match up would certainly be one of the biggest fights of the century.

Joshua has been circling the idea for years now but the British superstar is yet to truly to commit to a fight with either of the heavy-hitting pair.

It will surely happen someday - when that day will be though, is another thing entirely.

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