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IBF order Anthony Joshua-Kubrat Pulev to purse bid, March 3

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Joshua and Pulev are still expected to reach terms before the bids come in.

British boxer Anthony Joshua wins back his world heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images

Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev are expected to square-off in an IBF mandatory title defense this summer, but the official terms have still not been reached. So moving everything along now is the sanctioning body, who has formally scheduled the fight to a purse bid set to be held on March 3 in Springfield, NJ.

But despite the fight being ordered to purse bid, the expectation is still that Joshua and Pulev are going to reach terms for a June fight in London, effectively canceling the need for a purse bid to take place. But, you never know. Shit happens.

In recent days Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said that Joshua’s first priority is to stage an undisputed title unification with Tyson Fury, and has probably been waiting to see if he could swoop in should Wilder not exercise his right to another rematch. Early indications are that Wilder will pursue the third Fury fight, which paves the way for Joshua-Pulev this summer.