“Trying Hard to Avoid Fury and Wilder”: Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn’s Meeting With His Excellency Turki Alalshikh in a Recent Picture Sparks Wild Reactions From Fans

Published 11/14/2023, 11:12 AM EST

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In the high-stakes world of heavyweight boxing, Anthony Joshua‘s next move is drawing significant attention. Recently, Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn were spotted in a crucial meeting with Turki Alalshikh, a prominent figure in Saudi Arabia’s sporting landscape. Alalshikh, as the Chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, is known for orchestrating grand-scale sporting events, making this meeting more than just a routine engagement.

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It hints at the potential for a mega-boxing event in Saudi Arabia, possibly involving Joshua. Meanwhile, there are rumors of Joshua’s next fight being against Otto Wallin, although this is yet to be confirmed. This blend of confirmed meetings and speculative bouts adds an intriguing layer to the narrative.

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The image that sparked widespread fan reactions is itself telling. It shows Eddie Hearn, Turki Alalshikh, and Anthony Joshua, each with their fists out – a symbolic gesture in the world of boxing. This image, more than just a photo opportunity, represents a union of sport, strategy, and potential big-event planning. The fan reactions to this image were as varied as they were passionate. Firstly, one fan expressed a sense of anticipation and hope. He seems to see the meeting and the fight as stepping stones to an even more significant event in the boxing world.

Another fan, suggested that Joshua might be strategically avoiding top-tier fighters like Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

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Adding to the chorus, one fan calls for a specific matchup, urging the boxing world to arrange a fight between Joshua and Wilder in 2024.

On the other hand, one person expressed outright disinterest in Joshua’s rumored fight against Otto Wallin, indicating a preference for more high-profile matchups.

Finally, one person offered a more critical perspective, particularly toward Eddie Hearn’s role in orchestrating these events. According to them, Hearn’s efforts might be driven more by desperation than a genuine commitment to the sport.

Together, these reactions paint a vivid picture of the current state of heavyweight boxing where anticipation, skepticism, hope, and criticism all swirl around figures like Anthony Joshua, Otto Wallin, and even Eddie Hearn.

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A blockbuster event on December 23rd in Saudi Arabia, featuring Anthony Joshua vs. Otto Wallin, Deontay Wilder vs. Joseph Parker, and Dmitry Bivol vs. Richard Rivera, maybe in the works. While not yet official, Eddie Hearn has confirmed plans for Joshua and Bivol to fight on this date in Saudi Arabia.

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Initially, fans hoped for a Joshua-Wilder face-off, but Hearn is steering that potential matchup to March or April, with a possibility of further delays. The choice of network for the U.S. PPV broadcast remains undecided, but with Joshua’s association with DAZN, it emerges as a likely platform. This event, if it comes to fruition, promises to be a significant highlight in the boxing calendar.

The world of heavyweight boxing is on the cusp of potentially thrilling developments. The speculated PPV event on December 23rd in Saudi Arabia, headlined by the likes of Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, and Dmitry Bivol, promises to be a marquee moment in the sport.

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As we eagerly await official confirmations and further details, one question lingers in the minds of boxing enthusiasts: How will these matchups, if they materialize, alter the dynamics of the heavyweight division?

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