Eddie Hearn Makes a Bold Comparison – Says Canelo Alvarez and Anthony Joshua are Similar

Published 01/24/2021, 3:00 PM EST


Eddie Hearn is one top-graded promoter in boxing right now, as he has some of the most prolific fighters under his wings. A few days back, Hearn’s Matchroom Sport inked a 2-fight deal with the pound-for-pound king of boxing, Canelo Alvarez. The Mexican boxer’s inclusion in Matchroom’s roster has raised the promotion onto a different level.

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Recently, in a podcast with Toe 2 Toe with Sky Sports, Hearn shed some light on both Canelo’s inclusion in his promotion. He even drew comparisons between the super middleweight champion, ‘Canelo’ and the heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.

Speaking to them he said, “‘AJ’, for me, is someone that impresses me more and more every day. In fact, spending time with Canelo Alvarez, the two are very similar. Not in terms of fighting style, but in terms of mindset, love of the sport, and their willingness to improve, and their willingness to create a legacy.”

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The Matchroom supremo lauded both his fighters for sharing a congenial space of mind. Both of them have hung in the sport for a long period and are going super strong in their divisions.

Hearn’s promotion company is an amalgamation of top-tier athletes and promising young guns. His top-tier stars, Canelo Alvarez and ‘AJ’ possess mammoth profiles and he has a tremendous responsibility on his shoulders to promote such fighters.

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Canelo Alvarez and Anthony Joshua chasing their path to greatness?

Saul Alvarez and Anthony Joshua are far from hanging their gloves from the sport but are the most renowned faces of boxing. The duo has ruled every division they’ve fought and still continue to do so. They maintain an active social media presence to keep their fans engaged with all their activities.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

In terms of paychecks, Alvarez and Joshua rank among the most paid athletes in the world across different sporting verticals.

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For brand endorsements alone, the duo bags millions.

Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Over the course of their extensive run, both ‘AJ’ and Canelo have cemented themselves as the modern faces of boxing. They will undeniably inspire the budding generation of boxers.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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