Eddie Hearn names Anthony Joshua probable fighters in the future
Back in the summer of 2021, we all thought we were all going to see Tyson Fury fight Anthony Joshua in the biggest British heavyweight battle of recent times. Then it was called off.
Now, we are all hoping this mega-fight will be heading to Cardiff at some point in December for the latest proposed meeting between Fury and Joshua. However, that could change at any time.
That is the wild world of boxing promotion and dreams, which is a twilight zone of hype, hope, prayers, lies and silly excuses. According to all parties, the split in this fight purse has been agreed at 60/40 to the champion.
On Tuesday, Fury reportedly offered Joshua a 60-40 split and according to Hearn, that was instantly accepted by Joshua. It was known that Fury’s British promoter, Warren, had the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff booked for 17 December.
That date has been mentioned again and right now everybody involved is looking at all other dates and figures and all the potential variables. This fight is still very unlikely to happen, however.
While there have been so many boxing predictions tonight reports about the possibility of a fight between Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury, and as of today, the fight doesn’t look likely to be happening. However, there are plenty of options left for the former if the all-British affair fails to come to fruition.
In the meantime, Anthony Joshua’s fight promoter, Eddie Hearn, wants him back in the ring in December or the beginning of 2023 with a top-15 opponent, looking to get his fighter back on track after two back-to-back losses to heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
The names on Hearn's list includes a rematch with Dillian Whyte, a world tour to China against Zhilei Zhang, or a match against the man who recently beat him in IBF mandatory Filip Hrgovic. There's also the Swedish southpaw who gave Fury such a torrid time, Otto Wallin.
On Tuesday's edition of The DAZN Boxing Show, Hearn said: “The last thing that AJ wants is a gimme fight.
“We’re not interested in gimme fights. There’s got to be an element of risk."
Joshua knocked Whyte out in December 2015 in a show billed as 'Bad Blood'. Croatian Hrgovic beat Chinese Zhang on the Usyk vs. Joshua II undercard in August. After losing to Tyson Fury in a highly competitive fight in September 2019, the rugged Wallin has reeled off four consecutive wins.
“Dillian Whyte is not a fight for December, but it is a fight for March and the summer, 100 percent,” the British promoter continued.
“It’s a big stadium fight in the UK. You’ve got Filip Hrgovic, who just won. I think it was a poor performance from him. Zhilei Zhang looked good. Otto Wallin also had a close fight with Tyson Fury.
“Dillian Whyte is a very good fight. I want to give Dillian Whyte a fight in November, and then I would like to make the AJ fight, subject to the Tyson Fury stuff."