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World heavyweigh­t champ Joshua in self-isolation

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>>LONDON: World heavyweigh­t boxing champion Anthony Joshua has placed himself in self-isolation following a meeting with coronaviru­s victim Prince Charles.

Charles, the eldest son and heir to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, is showing mild symptoms of coronaviru­s and is self-isolating in Scotland, officials said.

It remains unclear when Charles caught the illness but on March 9, he spent the day with the Queen, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and stars of sport and entertainm­ent — including

Joshua — at the Commonweal­th Day service at Westminste­r Abbey.

A spokesman for Joshua told the Daily Mail: “AJ is at home following government guidelines, he is fit and well. He wishes everyone affected a speedy recovery and a huge thank you to all the front line key workers.”

Joshua is due to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweigh­t titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham’s stadium on June 20.

But the coronaviru­s could delay that bout and push back a hugely anticipate­d all-British fight with WBC champion Tyson Fury until next year at the earliest.

In a series of Twitter posts on Tuesday, Joshua thanked all those involved in trying to combat the coronaviru­s by saying: “It’s humbling to see people giving their everything right now to keep us safe. Shout to everyone on the frontline.

“We see you, we appreciate you, we thank you and we’re in awe of you!”

Earlier, Pulev said he saw no problem in fighting Joshua in a match without spectators.

The 38-year-old former European amateur super-heavyweigh­t champion Pulev, known as “The Cobra”, said he was ready to face Joshua whenever the organisers decide.

“I’m ready for June 20, July 25, whenever they say,” Pulev said.

“You see what the situation is, the whole world must adjust to it. There’s no problem [if the fight is] to be without spectators. Everyone would be at home, they can pay per view, so I don’t see any problem financiall­y.”

 ??  ?? LOCKED DOWN: Anthony Joshua is scheduled to defend his heavyweigh­t titles in June.
LOCKED DOWN: Anthony Joshua is scheduled to defend his heavyweigh­t titles in June.

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