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After the global COVID-19 pandemic threw boxing into chaos, the showdown between WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev began to tumble down the sport’s schedule. Now, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn says his team is targeting a Dec. 12 showdown in London’s O2 Arena.

That plan still hinges on finalizing the terms with Pulev and things staying on track for fans to be in attendance. But, either way, Hearn said Joshua will put his unified titles on the line before the end of 2020.

“Anthony Joshua will fight this year regardless,” Hearn told ESPN. “We have applied, ourselves, for a test event with the U.K. government with Joshua Buatsi at the end of September. The government has already stated that from the beginning of October, live crowds will be able to return to sporting events.

“We don’t know what the world is going to give us in the next couple of months,” Hearn continued. “But if things keep moving like they’re moving, we’ll definitely be allowed fans in the O2 Arena. It’s just a case of how many.”

Joshua won his championships back in his rematch with Andy Ruiz this past December. Ruiz had scored a shocking upset of Joshua in June 2019, handing Joshua his first career defeat with a seventh-round knockout.

After recapturing the titles, Joshua’s attention turned to the mandatory defense against Pulev while Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder plan to sort out their issues in a rubber match for the WBC championship. The ultimate hope is that the winner of Fury vs. Wilder 3 will then turn around and fight Joshua to unify all four major heavyweight world championships.

Pulev is riding an eight-fight winning streak since a 2014 knockout loss to Wladamir Klitschko, the lone loss of Pulev’s professional career.  



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Frank Thomas breaks down how Clayton Kershaw worked out of a fourth inning jam during World Series Game 5 using Samsung Galaxy 5G View app

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Welcome to FIFA.com News – FIFA celebrates Pele’s 80th birthday with exclusive content on its digital platforms

Brazilian and world football legend Pele, the only player to have won the FIFA World Cup three times, celebrates his 80th birthday today. To mark the occasion, FIFA is publishing exclusive content on its digital platforms, including a special video programme which is available on FIFA.com and via FIFA’s YouTube channel.

Football lovers everywhere will have the chance to relive memories from Pelé’s former team-mates, his family and friends, and to view birthday greetings from past and present global football stars, from FIFA Legends and from FIFA President Gianni Infantino. And, last but not least, the special birthday content will include an exclusive interview with O Rei himself.

“Pele took football to another level. Not only did he epitomise the beautiful game, but he also played with an effortless flair, the like of which had never been seen in Europe. It was just amazing to watch him on the pitch. He is nicknamed O Rei – ‘The King’ – and rightly so. I would like to wish Pele a very happy 80th birthday from the bottom of my heart, and above all health. Today is really a celebration day for the entire world of football,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

You can follow the special birthday content all across FIFA’s digital platforms:
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Hashtags: #Pele80 | #ORei80



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Floyd Mayweather Jr. says there are too many titles in boxing, ahead of Gervonta Davis-Leo Santa Cruz fight

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. believes that there needs to be some big changes in boxing. In an interview with Showtime, prior to next weekend’s fight between Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz, Mayweather revealed that he believes that the sport has too many title belts.

“This is not good for the sport of boxing,” Mayweather said. “Now when a fighter fights, every fighter is a champion.”

In boxing, there are four major sanctioning bodies in the WBA, WBO, IBF, and WBC. The WBA has “super” versions of their title belt and Davis currently holds that specific belt.

In addition, Mayweather did reveal that his very own promotional company is partially to blame for the issue throughout the sport.

“We gotta clean the sport of boxing up,” Mayweather added. “This don’t look good.”

Mayweather’s comments come after the a lightweight unification fight between Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko. Lopez won the fight via unanimous decision and was billed as the undisputed champion after winning the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, and The Ring lightweight titles.

Mayweather also believes that the only reason for multiple belts is so that each sanctioning body can collect more money from sanctioning fees.

“Ain’t no such thing as super champion,” Mayweather said. “You guys are just taking extra money from all these fighters [by] getting extra money from sanctioning fees.”



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