ANTHONY JOSHUA could finally make his UK comeback to a packed crowd in November.
Watford’s WBA, IBF and WBO king went to New York and Saudi Arabia to lose and regain his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr last year.
And the Covid-19 outbreak then scuppered his June 20 London return against Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham’s new ground.
The 30-year-old is up for fighting behind-closed-doors but there is too much money on the line and the time of year has taken Spurs off the table.
But promoter Eddie Hearn has a few plans to get his star attraction back in a top British venue before Christmas.
The Matchroom boss said: “I spoke to Bob Arum on Thursday and November is the absolute focus for Pulev against Joshua.
“The way things have moved in the last few weeks here, I’m really confident we can get a crowd here for Joshua against Pulev."
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Hearn continued: “If we’re not allowed the Principality Stadium, we’ll happily go to the Manchester Arena or The O2.
"It would be amazing to see Josh fight back there.
“I’m confident and we’re starting to talk to venues that aren’t open yet about the possibility of opening those venues up should they be allowed.”
AJ made his pro debut at Greenwich’s O2 and enjoyed six more iconic wins there before outgrowing the 20,000-seater spot.
Manchester has hosted two of his victories and would love to make it a hat-trick.
And talks of the far-off AJ vs Tyson Fury fight have continued smoothly with big news expected soon.
Hearn added: “We know we’ve agreed the money and how the split’s going to work etc. Now we need to move forward, particularly on where and when it will be staged.
“Over the next month or so we’ll be putting the paperwork together for that and finalising it for 2021.”
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