Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defence against Kubrat Pulev has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bout was due to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20 in what would have been the Britain’s first fight on home soil in two years.
“Despite humanity’s most difficult fight to date and the underestimation of the effects on the world of the coronavirus,” the two-time world title challenger said.
“We will be forced to learn to live in a new, not so pleasant, way that millions of people around the world will be mildly unhappy.
“Despite the difficulties, we must find new opportunities to smile, to transform our lives so that despite all the unpleasant things, to remain happy and to believe in a better future, and that all of this is, after all, for good!
“This is exactly why, despite my real view of the situation, I strongly believe that a world title match can be held on the new date of July 25.”
Meanwhile, Joshua has revealed the coronavirus has claimed the lives of some of his “close friends”.
He added: “Wherever you are in the world, I’m just checking in personally for everyone to just say that I hope you’re all well, you’re all keeping safe.
“This is a message to say you’ve got my support, we’re all doing the right thing.
“To the people who are suffering with coronavirus, I wish you a speedy recovery because it is no joke.”