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Anthony Joshua’s 3-fight plan for 2023 revealed by Eddie Hearn


Via Barry Holbrook: Eddie Hearn revealed his three-fight plan for Anthony Joshua on Monday 2023, starting in April against a top 15 opponent. Hearn didn’t say who Joshua’s opponent in April would be, but he said it was. will be one recognizable fighter.

The idea was for Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) to be a three-time heavyweight champion in his third bout this year against WBC champion Tyson Fury.

According to Hearn, Joshua’s second bout of the year will take place in the summer, likely against Dillian Whyte in a stadium match. However, Hearn says it’s likely Joshua will face former WBC champion Deontay Wilder. That decision will be made by Joshua alongside his new coach.

Joshua’s third fight in 2023 will be a fight with Wilder or Tyson Fury.

Joshua’s fights in 2023:

  • April: Top 15 competitors
  • Summer: Dillian Whyte or Deontay Wilder
  • Fall: Tyson Fury or Wilder

Eddie Hearn said: “Anthony Joshua and Canelo Alvarez are preparing to announce the first screening schedule of 2023. DAZN . boxing program about two separate wars he’s about to announce to these two superstars.

“You’re talking about two of the biggest names in boxing, Canelo and Anthony Joshua. AJ will be fighting a month earlier than Canelo Alvarez, so he should be ready to make an announcement in about a week.

“We know quite a bit about his date. We only have three or four opponents we are talking to. Apparently there are rumors about his new coaching staff, and there will be a full announcement from Anthony Joshua on that.

“He is in a great place and really ready to start camping. I believe this week camp will start. Honestly, I can’t give Anthony Joshua an opponent he would turn down. It’s more about the training team.

“The plan now is to rebuild him to be a three-time heavyweight world champion, and the coach will want to take the appropriate steps to do that.

“It’s good to be brave, listen to Twitter, go out and fight Deontay Wilder [next] and do this, do that, but with a plan, a smart plan.

“One smart plan is that he wants to take on a top 15 in a credible bout and come back in the summer against Dillian Whyte maybe and then move on to fight Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury in a great battle at the end of 2023.

“For me, the important thing here is to see him play three times this year. He has been inactive because of a combination of Covid and major events, imperatives and negotiations and wars in the Middle East.

“He was very excited. He’s in a great place mentally. Like I said, camp is about to begin for him and I look forward to seeing his great performance in April.

“There is an open line of communication with [Deontay Wilder’s co-manager] Shelly Finkel. He is [Wilder] going to fight Andy Ruiz. That fight has been decided, and AJ will be back in the first week of April.

“When people talk about rebuilding. We are not rebuilding here. I’m looking for motivation. I’m not talking about [Joshua] fight against a guy you’ve never heard of. I’m talking about a guy in the top 15 that AJ could join and work with a new coaching staff and have a big game in the stadium in the summer.

“I don’t rule out the possibility that the No 2 match of the year could be Deontay Wilder, but we had a plan. This guy is one of the biggest stars in boxing. This guy has a lot to offer in the weight class, but it’s also a very important moment that we have to get it right.

“Those lines of communication were open with Deontay Wilder and we knew it was a big fight. We know that the war is in large numbers in the UK, the US and the Middle East. It doesn’t really matter, and that’s the fight.

“I really believe Deontay Wilder & Tyson Fury are set for 2023. They have to be because AJ is not interested in having three or four fights for nothing. He will listen to his training team and take their advice.

Hearn said: “He wants to be in the biggest games possible and he has proven that throughout his career.

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