Boxing Promoter Eddie Hearn Confirms Anthony Joshua’s Next Fight
Last month saw the biggest heavyweight boxing clash in recent memory when English sensation Anthony Joshua and Ukranian future hall-of-famer Wladimir Klitschko threw down in front a capacity crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium.
Klitschko (64-4 before this fight) famously lost his heavyweight titles to Tyson Fury in November of 2015 after a reign of nearly 10 years and was desperate to regain them by defeating the brightest UK heavyweight prospect since Lennox Lewis.
If you're a combat sports fan and not watching @SHOsports, do yourself a favor right now … Remarkable scenes from Wembley. Beautiful.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 29, 2017
For Joshua (18-0 before this fight), this was easily the toughest test in his fledgling career; an inter-generational clash between the 27-year-old and his 41-year-old opponent who had dominated the heavyweight division for so long.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) April 29, 2017
In the leadup to the fight, two of the division’s top prospects, America’s Deontay Wilder and New Zealand’s Joseph Parker, both tipped Klitschko to get the W, although Wilder was hoping for a Joshua victory so he could face him for the title.
“My heart is for Joshua because I would love to fight him,” the American slugger said. “Even though Joshua is fighting Klitschko, people are still talking to this day about a Wilder and Joshua fight. It’s almost demanded. If this kid beats Klitschko, it’s like the only fight he can have is me because it’s been so demanded.
“My mind goes to Klitschko because he’s very smart. People talk about age, but like I said, age can play an advantage, too. Klitschko has seen every style there is. And when you see it again, you know how to handle it and adapt to it. You know what you got to do.”
Parker was a lot more circumspect in his prediction; “Leading up to the fight I was thinking of Joshua and his power but now the more I think about it, I come back to the experience factor of Klitschko,” the 25-year-old said on Friday.
As we now all know, Anthony Joshua won the fight in incredible fashion, stopping Klitschko in dramatic fashion in the 11th round.
Almost immediately after, attention quickly turned to who AJ would fight next.
Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was a strong candidate, who insisted he would win the fight with ease.
“Joshua is a big man with a puncher’s chance and has no footwork, no speed or stamina,” Fury told BBC 5 Live.
“He is what you call a boxer’s dream. I’ve had 18 months out and ballooned up to 26 stone. I could come back with no comeback fights and still box rings around that body builder.”
He then went on to hurl his biggest insult to date, labelling the IBF, IBO and WBA heavyweight champion a “fraud.”
“I will rip the fraud from the division,” Fury predicted.
“We are in the business of sweet science. Sweet science does not consist of a body beautiful, iron pumping big fella. It’s feinting, jabbing, moving, gliding around the ring, that’s the sweet science.”
However, last week AJ stated that he wanted to fight Dillian Whyte again. It was a bizarre choice, given he has already defeated him, but it’s believed AJ wanted to win in a more dominant fashion this time round.
But despite all the speculation, it appears as though AJ will do battle again with Klitschko, after promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed with the Daily Mail that he is owed a rematch.
“I believe Klitschko will go ahead with the rematch so we are looking at dates.” he said.
He then went as far as penciling in the 28th October at The Principality Stadium.
“The Principality Stadium is not available in November because of rugby so October 28 is the option. Most of December is available but I don’t really want to go that late.”
So there you have it. Who wins the rematch?