Kubrat Pulev is donating half of £4m Anthony Joshua fight purse to help battle coronavirus


Boxer Kubrat Pulev is the latest sports star to make an incredible donation in the fight against coronavirus.

He has pledged half of his expected purse for his fight against Anthony Joshua, which was due to be held on June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, to help the battle against the ongoing pandemic.

The Bulgarian’s shot at the WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight champion Joshua has become the latest high-profile sporting event that has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic, with a new date hoping to be penciled in for later in the summer.

A new date of July 25 has been mooted by both Pulev and promoter Eddie Hearn, however, the chances of having 60,000 people heading through the gates to watch is looking like an increasing remote possibility as things currently stand.

The Bulgarian is due to get one of the biggest payday’s in his career against the two-time heavyweight champion. However, he has decided to forgo half of it in an amazing show of generosity to help defeat the killer virus.

Pulev told German newspaper Bild: "I will give doctors, nurses and hospitals the necessary equipment to deal with this devilish virus.

"I will donate 50 per cent of the money I earn from the match with Joshua to the tireless heroes in the fight against the coronavirus."

At the time of writing this article, there has been almost 1.3 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 globally, with over 69,500 deaths as a result of the killer virus.

Pulev’s stance contrasts with the PFA and Premier League, who have been widely criticised for their slow response and wrangling regarding players taking a pay cut.


Certain clubs in the Premier League have been lambasted by fans and the media for putting their non-playing staff on furlough, including European champions and Premier League leaders Liverpool.

With no confirmed rescheduled date, boxing like many other sports has turned to virtual sports in order to plug the gap.

Sauerland promotions, the team behind the World Boxing Super Series, are running their middleweight legends tournament using the hugely popular Fight Night computer game.

In the heavyweight version, Mike Tyson came out on top, narrowly defeating fellow legend of the sport Muhammed Ali.

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