Anthony Joshua accused of suffering from ‘homesickness’ by Kubrat Pulev’s team

Anthony Joshua has no intention of hitting the road for his world title defence against Kubrat Pulev.

That is the view of the Bulgarian's team who believe the Brit suffers from homesickness when he fights abroad.

Joshua was beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr last summer in New York – but did avenge that defeat in the Saudi Arabian desert six months later.

He was due to defend his three heavyweight world titles against Pulev last month but the fight has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis.

The fight is now likely to take place in November with promoter Eddie Hearn hoping to stage it in the UK with a crowd, despite an offer from Croatia to stage the fight earlier.

"Being the warriors that we are, we went for alternate scenarios to stage the fight, we tried to supply a legitimate place and site this fight could take off – and we did that," Pulev's co-promoter Ivaylo Gotzev said.

"Croatia came in strong with a big offer, an excellent offer as a matter of fact, for us to take it to Pula – but from day one there was always hesitancy.

"I don't think they ever wanted to be anywhere outside of home sweet home, UK and London. I do believe that the champion, who I have a lot of respect for, has struggled with the fact that he did not look very good on the road.

"Firstly he loses the fight in New York and then he struggles in the comeback in Saudi Arabia. He’s got issues on the road and needs to be at home. AJ looked like a deer in headlights in Madison Square. He didn't know what the hell happened to him.

"He was confused, his weaknesses were exposed, he was done. And in the rematch he ran away from a guy who was grotesquely overweight and obese when the conditions were perfect. He was petrified of getting cut.

"He has to be back home where he feels the backing of the crowd and the fans, he likes being home sweet home. And we have agreed to give it to him, except they’re taking too long now."

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