By Charles Brun Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua doesn’t want a “s**t fight” After a seven month rest, he will fight in his next bout in March.
Hearn also states that Dillian Whyte is Joshua’s frontrunner for his fight in March, which some boxing fans would categorize as a “s**t fight” and then some. With a record of just 2-2 in his four previous fights, Whyte has been stopped twice.
If Hearn isn’t calling Whyte a “s**t fight” for Joshua, you’d hate to see what he does consider one.
The 34-year-old Whyte, who is Chisora 2.0 at this stage in his career has a more fragile chin than most. He is still a well-known name among British boxing fans.
Hearn says Joshua wouldn’t fight in December because of Christmas. He’s also looking for a new coach, and whoever he selects to replace the outgoing Robert Garcia is going to need time to make improvements to his game.
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“He wants to come back; he wants to come back quickly. When you miss an opportunity like Fury, then your mojo goes a little bit,” said Eddie Hearn to iFL TV about Anthony Joshua’s next fight.
“Then you get to November, and you’re like, ‘I’m probably not going to fight in December.’ Then it’s like, ‘I’ve got Christmas, and I’m not going to fight in January.’ February is there, and you’re probably not going to fight until March, and that’s where we’re at.
“He’s staying out in the Middle East, he’s having a holiday, and then he’s going to go back into camp. The plan is to have the middle of March as our March., really.
“Then you get comments, ‘Why is he going to the end of March?’ Just because he wanted to have a couple of more weeks of holiday, really. He’s still focused; he’s still hungry.
“We talked about fights; Andy Ruiz was there. Deontay Wilder is, of course, a fight for him. People talk about Otto Wallin. There are a lot of good fights out there for Anthony, but he’s not really interested in having a s**t fight, in all honesty.
“Not just because he doesn’t want to have an easy night. He doesn’t think any of them are easy. You’ve got Dillian Whyte against Franklin coming up. Although Dillian Whyte is likely to be the winner, Franklin could still face AJ in March. However, anything could happen.
“Otto Wallin is a dangerous fight. It was against Tyson Fury. It might be easier than fighting someone else. You’ve got Hrgovic, Zhang, all these people. They’re all dangerous, dangerous fights.
“I think AJ looks at them and goes, ‘I think it’s more dangerous to have a perceived easy fight. I’d rather fight Wilder, Whyte, or whoever,” said Hearn.