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Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury face risk of December fights being postponed

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Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could see their December fights called off if hospitals and doctors come under too much pressure because of coronavirus.

WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua is due to face Kubrat Pulev on December 12.

While WBC title holder Fury is set to take on Agit Kabayel a week earlier at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The UK is expected to be out of lockdown by then but should the pandemic worsen and hospitals fill up then boxing could be halted if no room in intensive care wards.

“The biggest problem we could have is the availability of doctors and that does vary in different areas,” Robert Smith, general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, told BoxingScene.

“At the moment, I haven’t had any doctors pull out, but it is very early days.

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“We are doing our best to cover everything we can, but if there comes a point, as there did at the beginning of the pandemic in March, where we cannot get the medical cover for the shows, we will have to do the same again.”

Joshua and Fury are hoping to both record victories next month and finally set up two mouthwatering undisputed heavyweight battles for 2021.

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The British stars have been on a collision course for a number of years, and should they emerge unscathed against Pulev and Kabayel respectively there will be no more obstacles preventing them from locking horns next year.

Fury was originally obliged to face Deontay Wilder for a third time after ripping the WBC title from his grasp in February, but has since turned his attention away from the American following attempts to delay the trilogy bout until next year.

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According to The Athletic, though, Wilder’s camp have initiated a dispute resolution provision to try and force through the fight.

Fury and US-based promoters Top Rank believe they are no longer contractually obliged to face Wilder again, insisting the rematch clause that was inserted in the deal has expired.

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