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Anthony Joshua ‘can’t afford’ to put his fight against Kubrat Pulev back again, says Eddie Hearn

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Anthony Joshua‘s next fight could take place behind closed doors as the world heavyweight champion’s promoter Eddie Hearn said: ‘You can’t afford to sit and wait for what might be.’

Joshua, who drew in the biggest post-war British boxing crowd of 90,000 for his win over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley three years ago, had been due to face Kubrat Pulev in June at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

That plan was scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic and it is understood December 12 at the O2 Arena has been pencilled in for Joshua to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO titles against his mandatory challenger.

Anthony Joshua's next fight could take place behind closed doors against Kubrat Pulev

Anthony Joshua’s next fight could take place behind closed doors against Kubrat Pulev

Promoter Eddie Hearn said Joshua can't afford to wait any longer and will fight this year

Promoter Eddie Hearn said Joshua can’t afford to wait any longer and will fight this year

The ongoing public health crisis and a national spike in cases recently means the government’s initial plan to gradually allow spectators to return to sporting events from October 1 is currently under review.

However, as Joshua’s most recent fight was last December, when he regained his world titles by avenging his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch in Saudi Arabia, it seems his date with Pulev will not be postponed again.

‘Anthony hasn’t boxed for a year and the ultimate thing is he needs to progress his career,’ Hearn told BBC Radio 5 Live. ‘He wants to learn, he wants to fight, he wants to be active and we live in a world now where you can’t wait.

‘You’ve got two options: you either sit and wait – and that includes Anthony Joshua – maybe until next year, or you get out there and you fight, you earn your money, you learn your craft and you continue to battle through it.

They were set to fight in June at Tottenham's new Stadium (pictured at Principality Stadium)

They were set to fight in June at Tottenham’s new Stadium (pictured at Principality Stadium)

‘We hope that there is some sunshine over the hill with this whole nightmare.

‘We are not prepared to sit tight and wait and we have said in these schedules, fans or no fans, our fights will be taking place.

‘If you’re a business, if you’re a sport, you can’t afford to sit and wait for what might be.’

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden will meet sports bodies on Wednesday to discuss allowing 1,000 fans into events, which could pave the way for fans to attend boxing matches.

However, as AJ is used to drawing in sell-out crowds in some of the biggest arenas in the UK, then a much lower attendance would correlate with a lower pay day for the British boxer.  

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Antonio Rudiger left OUT of Chelsea squad for crucial title clash against Liverpool

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Antonio Rudiger has not been included in today’s squad to face Liverpool – throwing his Chelsea future into doubt.

The Germany international is fully fit but manager Frank Lampard has not included the central defender in his plans to face the Premier League champions.

Rudiger was an unused substitute in the victory over Brighton on Monday night.

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Antonio Rudiger has been left out of the Chelsea squad for their match against Liverpool

The decision throws into question Rudiger’s position in Lampard’s plans for the rest of the season.

And with the transfer deadline due to close on October 5, Rudiger could become the subject of interest from rival clubs.

Rudiger has two years left on his contract, but Chelsea – as of yet – have not tried to renegotiate an extension.

Rudiger (left) was left out of the matchday by Frank Lampard (right) despite being fully fit

Rudiger (left) was left out of the matchday by Frank Lampard (right) despite being fully fit

Rudiger reportedly helped persuade Timo Werner to join Chelsea as the Premier League side pulled off a major coup in the transfer market. 

The RB Leipzig star agreed a deal to join the west London club in a £53million move, seeing off strong contenders Liverpool in landing the 24-year-old.

And fans believe that Rudiger, who plays alongside the striker for their country, Germany, may have had a helping hand in securing the deal.   

According to Bild (via Metro), those rumours seem to be true as the German outlet reported that Rudiger played a ‘key role’ in convincing Werner to join Chelsea instead of Liverpool.

The publication claims that the defender followed Werner’s decision-making closely and often gave him glowing reviews of life in west London. 

Rudiger and Werner have a strong friendship, having played in the youth set up for Germany as well as coming through together at Stuttgart. 

Rudiger is also believed to have helped the Blues sign Kai Havertz who joined the Chelsea this summer from Bayer Leverkusen in a £89million move and made his debut in the west Londoners’ 3-1 win over Brighton last Monday. 

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Newcastle vs Brighton LIVE: Stream, TV channel, score – Maupay quickfire early double puts Seagulls in command

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NEWCASTLE are looking to make it two Premier League wins out of two as they host Brighton and Hove Albion.

Buoyed by new signings Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick, the Steve Bruce’s Magpies impressed on opening day with a 2-0 win at abject West Ham.

Visitors Brighton started with a spirited display at home to Chelsea on Monday, but ultimately ended up losing the game 3-1.

  • Newcastle vs Brighton is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.
  • Coverage on Sky Sports Premier League commences at 1pm – an hour before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to your Sky Go account.
  • Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch all the action with a Now TV Day Pass from £9.99.
  • Newcastle XI: Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lewis, Hayden, Shelvey, Hendrick, Saint-Maximin, Carroll, Wilson.
  • Brighton XI: Ryan, Lamptey, White, Webster, Dunk, Connolly, Bissouma, Maupay, Trossard, Alzate, March.

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Hibernian 2-2 Rangers: Winning run for Rangers ends as unbeaten Scottish Premiership start continues

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Rangers conceded their first goals of the Scottish Premiership season as Christian Doidge’s header held the table toppers to a 2-2 draw on Sunday.

Drey Wright ended the visitors’ remarkable seven-match run of clean sheets with the opener, only for striker Alfredo Morelos to fire an equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

Scott Arfield put Rangers back in front from close range after 57 minutes but a mistake by centre-back Connor Goldson allowed forward Doidge to head Hibs level.

Drey Wright (left) ends a slick team move to put Hibs ahead in the 22nd minute against Rangers

Drey Wright (left) ends a slick team move to put Hibs ahead in the 22nd minute against Rangers

Wright (left) becomes the first player to score past Rangers in their eighth game of the season

Wright (left) becomes the first player to score past Rangers in their eighth game of the season 

Striker Alfredo Morelos (right) blasts Rangers level from close range shortly before half-time

Striker Alfredo Morelos (right) blasts Rangers level from close range shortly before half-time

Morelos celebrates as Rangers cancel out Hibernian's early advantage on their way to a point

Morelos celebrates as Rangers cancel out Hibernian’s early advantage on their way to a point

Midfielder Scott Arfield (right) puts Rangers back in the lead after 57 minutes at Easter Road

Midfielder Scott Arfield (right) puts Rangers back in the lead after 57 minutes at Easter Road

Scotland's Arfield basks in the aftermath of finding the leveller his side had been searching for

Scotland’s Arfield basks in the aftermath of finding the leveller his side had been searching for

Christian Doidge (left) celebrates after earning a 70th-minute point for Hibs against Rangers

Christian Doidge (left) celebrates after earning a 70th-minute point for Hibs against Rangers

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard sees his side stretch their lead to a a point at the top of the table

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard sees his side stretch their lead to a a point at the top of the table

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