Eddie Hearn Reveals Next Possible Opponent for Anthony Joshua

Published 05/19/2021, 6:39 AM EDT
Boxing – Heavyweight World Title Fight – Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – December 12, 2020 Anthony Joshua during his fight against Kubrat Pulev Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


The thrilling undisputed heavyweight contest between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury hasn’t really reached fruition. The British duo was set to battle each other by August 14, 2021. But Fury’s long-time rival and former heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, played his cards and ruined Fury’s chances of facing Joshua next.

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Fury will have to face Wilder in a trilogy by September 2021. Whereas, the unified heavyweight king, Anthony Joshua is left without an opponent now. However, the latter’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has enormous plans ready for Joshua’s next fight.

Speaking to Matchroom Boxing, he said, “We have a couple of different options of course the one that springs to mind immediately is the WBO mandatory of Oleksandr Usyk.”

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“They’ve been quite patient. And I think really. We’re in a situation now where if team Fury don’t get themselves together, get their act together by the end of this week, we will have no option but to look for an alternative fight,”

Although ‘The Bronze Bomber’ has arrived as a major roadblock for the Joshua vs Fury fight, Hearn is still optimistic that the undisputed heavyweight war between the two Brits will materialize.

Despite that, the Matchroom supremo is keeping his options open and flexible so as to align Joshua with a rugged opponent next. And Hearn feels the highly relevant fight for the hard-hitting heavyweight is for his WBO title defense, against Oleksandr Usyk.

Moreover, Hearn asserted that he’s in touch with Usyk’s team, and this fight holds a high probability of taking place.

Can Anthony Joshua get past Oleksandr Usyk?

Anthony Joshua ranks among the most intimidating heavyweights of all time. His terrifying punching power, ability to read his adversaries, and overall ring management has made him a superstar of the game.

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Anthony Joshua trains during a media workout on October 17, 2017, in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

With that, the 24-1 boxer will walk in with supreme confidence for his bout against the Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk. Moving further, Joshua will look to claim a thunderous win in this fight, so that he can line himself up for an undisputed showdown with Tyson Fury later.

It’ll be interesting to see if this pair really gets inside the ring in the coming few months.

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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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