Kubrat Pulev’s co-manager has threatened to take Anthony Joshua and his team to court if they try to skip their proposed bout for a clash with Tyson Fury.
Joshua is set to defend his unified heavyweight titles against Pulev, who has been made mandatory challenger for his IBF strap.
The pair were originally due to go ahead on June 20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, only for the coronavirus pandemic to scupper those plans.
December 12 has been touted as the new date for Joshua and Pulev’s heavyweight scrap, but the former’s long-time promoter Eddie Hearn recently suggested his man could skip past the Bulgarian and move straight on to an undisputed showdown with Fury.
WBC champion Fury holds the only other recognised world title in the division, having ripped it from Deontay Wilder’s grasp back in February, and British fight fans are therefore desperate to see him collide with Joshua in what would be a historic UK event.
Yet Ivaylo Gotzez, Pulev’s right-hand man, insists they will be taking legal action if AJ attempts to skip their mandatory challenge.
“That's something that they have always contemplated at their end. But that door will be closed with a lawsuit if they break our deal and our contract,” Gotzez told Press Box PR.
“There are some very good attorneys in England and some very fair courts, so it will come down to whether they want to decide whether they want that or not.
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“I do believe AJ and his promoter will do the right thing and do as they say and finalise the deal.
“Through blood sweat and tears Kubrat earned his position to challenge AJ. Will they overrule his rights, can they all overrule his rights? That's entirely up to them if they want to try that.
“They should respect the rules of the IBF. There's a signed agreement.
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“We are in the final stages of closing the deal, which we are extremely happy with. We're adjusting the original contract and it's finally going in the right direction that keeps both sides happy.
“It's now up to Eddie to conclude their part. Our signature will come a lot easier than theirs.”
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