Via Charles Brun: Eddie Hearn insists Anthony Joshua will fight four times in 2023 after he first got a tie in November or December against a top 15 opponent.
Be truth. The ONLY way Joshua fights four times in 2023 is if he goes on to be a freeloader for the month where he’s completely face to face with ham – & – eggers.
I can think of tons of heavyweights that would be ideal for Joshua to beat next year to eliminate his four fights, but I don’t see that as realistic.
Once Joshua was rolling around with a few dogfights, it would pop into his head that he was capable of beating the big dogs in the division. He will then go up against the likes of Deontay Wilder, Joe Joyce or Filip Hrgovic and once again be put in his place.
Unfortunately, the chances of the boxing public seeing Joshua quadruple next year are slim and unlikely.
Joshua does NOT have to fight four times in the next year because the only thing that can happen is if he focuses on the opposition on the bottom floor of the bunker that Hearn can quickly negotiate against.
If Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) is going to take on anyone as remarkable as Deontay Wilder or even surpass his best Dillian Whyte, negotiations could drag on for months, making AJ impossible play four times in 2023.
Given how emotionally damaged Joshua is after the bout following last Saturday’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk, Hearn’s best interest is to focus entirely on AJ’s head-to-head confrontation with opponents on the edge. the field and stay away from dangerous fighters like Wilder or heavy-handed Zhilei Zhang.
“The next step for AJ, in my opinion, is to open the box in December or January or whenever and back with a top 15 guy and create a dominant performance,” said Eddie Hearn DAZN Boxing Show.
“Get back on the saddle and then move with the activity. I want him to have four matches between now and 2023. I see Dillian Whyte’s fight as Anthony Joshua’s must-have fight for the British public,” Hearn said.
It would be a great move for Joshua’s career if he fights four times next year as it will give him a chance to recover mentally from what happened to him.