Former cruiserweight world champion and current boxing analyst Johnny Nelson has hit back at comments made by Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn during preparations for his Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua rematch.
It’s Hearn’s turn to respond to Nelson’s comments suggesting Joshua should retire if he loses again on Saturday.
Talk to Sky Sportsexperts said:
“If Usyk defeats him, I think he will walk away. With this fight here, it’s very important to [Joshua’s] career, because he knows this could be the last big battle he’s in. Standing back and being a janitor is not in his DNA. “
Hearn, the Joshua promoter, claimed that Nelson is a company man and would not say this if the British heavyweight was still signed to a broadcast contract with Sky Sports.
Nelson was quick to dismiss such claims and said he was speaking only from a boxer’s point of view while Hearn viewed it from a commercial perspective.
Former World Cruiser Class Champion WBO have something to say to the Daily Mail:
“Eddie is using her commercial heart. Of course, it’s right for Joshua to fight boxing whether he wins or loses, I get that. But I’m a veteran; I know what their mentality is. You used to be a world champion and now you know there are people out there who have beaten you, someone who has proven it twice. “
“It’s just my opinion, and I could be wrong. I’m not saying he should retire; I just said it wouldn’t surprise me if he did.”
He then defends himself from claiming he’s a company man, and the stress of the fight week must be coming for Hearn.
“Eddie took it out of context, but I understand it’s been a sensitive week, his nerves are strained and I understand. But I actually think he’s a bit paranoid to think that people are trying to pull a rug from underneath him. “
“I’m a fan of AJ, I won’t say what he says [Eddie] want me to say. “
“Nothing [there’s no agenda]. But that’s the story he made, which to me, I think is unfair. “
A match prediction was then made from Nelson and stated that it would end in a knockout.
“The fight doesn’t go to the distance, and I’ll go back to the British and go with Anthony Joshua with an injury-time win.”