Eddie Hearn Makes a Worrying Admission About Anthony Joshua’s Fight Against Oleksandr Usyk

Published 06/11/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 06: Anthony Joshua speaks with Eddie Hearn during the press conference for Andy Ruiz Jr. v Anthony Joshua 2 ‘Clash on the Dunes’ at the Hilton Syon Park on September 06, 2019 in London, England. Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will have a Heavyweight World Title rematch fight on December 7th 2019 in the historical town of Diriyah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will return to the ring to face mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk. After his bout with Tyson Fury fell through, the WBO ordered ‘AJ’ to honor his mandatory. However, his promoter Eddie Hearn has made a surprising admission about the fight.

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Rumors point towards a September 25 event at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the UK. Therefore, talks have seemingly progressed fast, and we could get an official announcement soon.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 12: Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine walks to the ring before his Heavyweight bout against Chazz Witherspoon at Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The promoter spoke to SkySports and revealed the two parties had agreed to a deal. He said, “We have both alerted the WBO, myself and (Usyk’s promoter) Alex Krassyuk. Terms are agreed. The offer we made to them has been accepted. We move forward to paper that now.” 

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However, after the update, Hearn made a worrying admission. “This is a fight that could derail the career of Joshua if he’s not on it, if he’s not 100 per cent. AJ needs to be ruthless.” The Englishman then said Joshua needs to be as ruthless as Derek Chisora was in Usyk’s last fight, with better ‘cuteness and sharpness.’

Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua wants to make a point

The update from Hearn will be good news for British boxing fans. However, his comments regarding Usyk’s challenge showed that he is not taking the Ukrainian lightly. Moreover, he wants ‘AJ’ to learn from Usyk’s last fight. Despite this, he reassured fans about why Joshua wants the fight.

Hearn said, “Time and time again, AJ has never shirked a challenge. And this is a real challenge. Look at the pound-for-pound top-10 list, AJ is not on it. Usyk is. AJ wants to make a statement, these are the fights that he likes.”

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory over Andy Ruiz Jr during 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)

This comment revealed that Joshua is not taking the fight only because Usyk is mandatory, but also because he wants to shut down any questions. ‘AJ’ faces heaps of criticism surrounding his boxing ability. Critics claim Usyk’s superior fight IQ will give him the edge. Only time will tell if the champion can prove them wrong.

What do you make of these comments from Eddie Hearn? Do you think Anthony Joshua needs to worry about the threat of Oleksandr Usyk?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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