Anthony Joshua has until January 31 to agree terms to fight Pulev
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After Joshua, 30, regained his unified belts by exacting revenge on Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia last month, he was given a heavyweight headache after being ordered to fight Pulev and Oleksandr Usyk. The IBF have told AJ he must defend his title against Pulev – who pulled out of facing the Brit in 2017 – next while Usyk is in line for the WBO belt. But it seems the Watford hero will face ex-European champion Pulev next, after both fighters requested an extension to their negotiation deadline. However, if a deal cannot be finalised, Joshua risks being stripped of his IBF gold. A spokesman for the governing body told Sky Sports: “I have just been told that the Pulev and Joshua camps have asked until January 31 to negotiate.”Advertisement But promoter Eddie Hearn plans to negotiate a deal with the WBO that will see Usyk face Brit heavyweight Derek Chisora before facing the winner of AJ and Pulev. Hearn said: “Conversations are ongoing with all parties to plan what’s next and it will really come to a head over the next few weeks. “We are still awaiting clarification from the governing bodies to confirm who is chronologically next but right now everything is in play. Read Also:Anthony Joshua under pressure to fight Kubrat Pulev “In terms of Usyk versus Chisora that is still a potential outcome, but March 7 is unlikely. Instead we have March 28 on hold at the O2.” But if Joshua faces Pulev next and has to vacate the WBO belt, ex-opponent and champion Joseph Parker will contest for the strap against Usyk. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms? Anthony Joshua has until January 31 to agree on terms to fight Kubrat Pulev or face losing his IBF world title.