Anthony Joshua could return to the Middle East for his fight against Kubrat Pulev in order to avoid his next world heavyweight title defence taking place behind closed doors.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn believes potential venues like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia - which staged his rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr. in December - will be in a position to allow live gates sooner than the UK.

Joshua's clash with Pulev was originally scheduled to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 20, but has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis.

Hearn told Boxing Social: "These countries are going to be up and running a lot quicker than our country or America.

"Would Saudi or Dubai or Abu Dhabi be ready to stage an event in September or October? I think 100 per cent."