The world-famous arena in Pula, Croatia, has emerged as a possible venue for the heavyweight bout between the UK’s unified world titleholder Anthony Joshua and challenger Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria.
According to ESPN, the CEO of Epic Sports and Entertainment, Ivaylo Gotzev, who represents Pulev, said they had a very serious offer from the organizers of the Pula Arena but were waiting to make a decision together with Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn.
The heavyweight title fight was originally scheduled to take place on June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London but was eventually canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hearn said he has received a half-dozen inquires about the fight from venues in various countries around the globe, but that Croatia was a serious contender to host Joshua’s only fight of 2020.
"The Pula Arena is an amphitheater that was built during the Roman Empire," Gotzev said. "It has some terrific history, that's where the real gladiators fought."
Currently, like nearly all professional sports, the boxing business is on hold during the global pandemic, and it’s not exactly clear how, when, and if it will return this year.
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